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Euro 2020 Group A: Switzerland – Players To Watch

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Euro 2020 Switzerland

Switzerland head into Euro 2020 with an awful record in the competition. They have only qualified for the Euros on four occasions, the first being in 1996. Euro 2016 was the first time that they made it beyond the group stages. They eventually lost in a penalty shootout to Poland.

Goalkeeper: Yann Sommer

With Roman Burki announcing his retirement in 2018, Yann Sommer has taken over the Number 1 jersey for Switzerland. He has been the first choice for Borussia Monchengladbach since 2014. Although he is not the best when it comes to collecting crosses, he is one of the best shot-stoppers in the Bundesliga.

Defender: Manuel Akanji

Manuel Akanji is arguably the best passing defender in the world. Last season, he had completed the fifth-most passes in the Bundesliga with 1813. His accuracy of passes was 91.75% which was the highest among players with more than 1000 passes. These are the qualities that will need to come to the fore if Switzerland is going to go far in Euro 2020.

Midfielder: Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has endured a tough spell at Liverpool with minutes hard to come by but he remains the most influential player for his national side. He is seventh on the list for appearances as well as goals scored for his country. Shaqiri’s biggest strengths remain his dribbling and passing. His low center of gravity helps him turn on a dime and leave the defender in his wake.

Forwards: Haris Seferovic

While not exactly clinical, Haris Seferovic’s explosiveness and ability with the ball at his feet more than make up for what he’s missing in the 18-yard box.  Seferovic is a superb hold-up player, able to battle off defenders and lay the ball off to his fellow forwards and midfield runners.

Predicted line-up: Yann Sommer; Ricardo Rodriguez, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Kevin Mbabu; Remo Freuler, Granit Xhaka; Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic, Breel Embolo

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