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Yakin’s Switzerland is playing big on the Windsor Park pool table this Wednesday night. After the draw against Italy on Sunday (0-0), she must win to remain in a favorable position in the race for first place in Group C of qualifying at the 2022 World Cup.
“I’m not looking that far yet,” whispered Murat Yakin. I only see the upcoming game against Northern Ireland, which promises not to be easy. We will have to adapt, especially to bring more offensive pressure than against Italy. “
So precisely: what training for this match in Belfast? Against Italy, the new manager opted for a cautious 4-1-4-1, with just two attacking players (Seferovic and Zuber). The Northern Irish are not the reigning European champions, Yakin knows well that beyond the system, he needs another offensive animation.
Yakin decided. From the starters of Sunday, he cut off Zuber, Sow, Steffen and Aebischer to launch Vargas, Freuler (back from suspension), Fassnacht and Zakaria. The same system is to be expected, a 4-1-4-1, but with more marked attacking intentions, especially on the sides with Vargas and Fassnacht. As well as with Zakaria in No. 8 in the middle.
With a brilliant entry against Italy on Sunday, the Genevan returned to his best level after his injury in March 2020. In Northern Ireland on Wednesday, he will be a choice option for Murat Yakin.
Parades, penalty stopped: the Swiss goalkeeper makes Italy cry. And thanks to him, the whole team regains confidence. A starting point for Murat Yakin.