Switzerland: Swiss team to take on 'interesting rival' Japan in pre-WC friendly

On the eve of the Switzerland-Japan friendly, manager of the Swiss national football squad Vladimir Petkovic shared his views of the Japanese rival in a press conference in Zurich on Thursday. «It [Japan] has speed, discipline, running capacities, and it also plays skilful football,» Petkovic said. Switzerland's coach also said that the match against Japan will be «a real test» for his... Еще players and stated that he is currently focused on developing the style of his team. Defender Stephan Lichtsteiner expressed his conviction that his team has determination and a victory spirit. «I believe that at this point on the level of the game we have always had a good team but maybe we are a bit ahead in terms of mentality in this team,» Lichtsteiner said. Switzerland is in Group E and is to play against Brazil on June 17, Serbia on June 22 and Costa Rica on June 27.

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