Xherdan Shaqiri believes Switzerland have all the necessary tools to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but they will need to work together if they want to beat Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the round of 16, this Tuesday (6), at 16h.
The Swiss were wrong in the 4-1 defeat in Lisbon, in June, when the teams faced each other in the League of Nations. They won 1-0 in the next game, but none of that will matter in a knockout game, Shaqiri said.
“For me it’s going to be totally different because it’s not a friendly game, it’s not a League of Nations, the pressure is high and now what’s important is how the players deal with that pressure,” the 31-year-old said at a press conference. press release this Sunday (4).
“We need a special performance. Portugal, to be honest, is a good team. For me, they are also the favorites in this game, but we know our qualities. We will try to have a good, special performance and try to cause a lot of problems for them in the game. .”
Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 3-2 win over Serbia to secure qualification for the clash with Portugal.
“The key is really to have a special performance from the whole team. You know, we are Switzerland, we don’t have Cristianos in our team,” said Shaqiri with a wry smile.
“As a team we are always successful and that will also be the case in this game. [tem que] stay together. If everyone goes to the highest level of their performance then I’m sure we have a chance to go through.”
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