When the people of Switzerland expressed the ambition that the squad should reach the major finals at the FIFA World Cup 2018, no eyebrows were raised. The coach Vladimir Petkovic also expressed that the team has a tremendous willpower to succeed. The team-spirit par excellence coupled with the talented game might see them at least in the last 16 of the list.
How they Qualified
The success of nine qualifying matches was not sufficient for the Switzerland squad to confirm their berth in the World Cup. The playoff against Northern Ireland against whom they won 1-0 made the aggregate better to qualify into the FIFA games at Russia scheduled in June-July 2018.
The agile players like Xherdan Shaqiri and Steven Zuber in combination with the solid support from Stephan Lichsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez both at the right and left on the field can do wonders. The spotlight of the central defense is on Fabian Schar and the young Manuel Akanji.
Haris Seferovic who generally takes the centre-forward position needs to improve his part so that the weak link in the chain vanishes.
Goalkeeper: The choice available for Vladimir Petkovic to select the goalkeeper is from Marwin Hitz, Yvon Mvogo, Roman Burki, and Yann Sommer.
Defenders: Of the outfield players, the likely squad includes the able players like Johan Djourou, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Timm Klose. Besides the above, prominent players among Stephan Lichtsteiner, Michael Lang, Francois Moubandje also find the names in the list. In the Defenders department, the list also extends to Ricardo Rodriguez, Silvan Widmer, Fabian Schar, and Steve von Bergen. You know the attacking performance at the right-back by the captain Stephan Lichsteiner
Midfielders: Among the players who represent the midfield may be players like Blerim Dzemaili, Valon Behrami, Fabian Frei, or Gelson Fernandes. The possibility of including Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shangiri, Renato Steffen, Valentin Stocker and Granit Xhaka are bright. The choice may also extend to Denis Zakaria, Luca Zulfi and Steven Zuber.
Forward Players: The probable players who represent the World Cup would be selected among Josip Drmic, Eren Derdiyok, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic Dimitri Oberlin besides Haris Seferovic and Shani Tarashaj.
The opening clash against Brazil on 17th June might be a crucial encounter followed by 22nd June against Serbia and final fixture on 27th June with Costa Rica.
The debutants Manuel Aankji and so also the midfielder Remo Freuler and Steven Zuber has to put in extra efforts to show their capability to retain their place in the team regularly.