Monday 20 January 2020

Swiss put focus on Danish test

Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner. Pic: Sportsfile
Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner. Pic: Sportsfile

Switzerland are hoping to block out memories of their dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Denmark when the sides meet again in Copenhagen this evening.

Both camps will have an eye on Ireland's game in Georgia, which kicks off at 2pm, so the shape of the group will be clearer when Denmark and the Swiss kick off at 5pm.

The two nations have slipped up in the group, though: Denmark with their 0-0 draw in Tbilisi last month and a game in March where the Swiss threw away a 3-0 lead at home to the Danes to draw 3-3.

"We haven't talked too much about the 3-3 match, now it's about looking forward. We need to look at the positives, and make sure it won't happen again," says Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner.

"We know this will be a tough game, Denmark have not lost in a long time, they are a good side and we know we are in for a battle."

The issue of Liverpol star Xerdan Shaqiri has plagued the Swiss camp for months as he withdrew from the squad for their game in Dublin last month, officially to concentrate on his club career at Anfield but the Reds man is known to be unhappy that Lichtsteiner has been chosen as captain ahead of him.

"I have said a few times that Xherdan has always given top performances when playing for the national team," says the captain.

"I never had the feeling there was a problem. For us, Shaq is very important as a player so we are happy any time he is back."

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