World Cup Wonder – Switzerland hope to advance through World Cup

Switzerland will fancy their chances of advancing through the group stages and equal their performance at that last World Cup in Germany. Ottmar Hitzfeld is a very experienced coach and won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and nearly repeated the feat in 1999 with Bayern Munich.

Hitzfeld appears to get the best out of players and he will need to that in order for the Swiss to progress further than they have been before in the tournament. The Swiss have some quality in their ranks but they lack real strength in depth so if they sustain injuries they may struggle. In goal the Swiss will have Wolfsburg’s Diego Benaglio who has had a solid season for the German side and will look to enhance his reputation as the one of the best up and coming keepers in Europe. He has over 25 caps to his name and at the age of 26 will look to hold on to the number one spot for a good while. Acting as back up to Benaglio will be Marco Wolfli and Johnny Leoni who will be battling it out for a place on the bench.

Hitzfeld will look to Phillipe Senderos to be the rock at the heart of his defence as he is Switzerland’s best defender. He will be a match for any striker in the air but is prone to lapses in concentration and is not best against pace. Partnering him in the centre will be St

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