Petkovic: ‘Spain is the favorite, but we want to pass’

The Swiss coach, Vladimir Petkovic, assured today that he still does not feel “satisfied” with qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Eurocup and, although he admitted that Spain is the favorite, wants to go to the semifinals.

“I am still not happy and satisfied. For me the important thing is the next rival. Spain is the favorite, but we want to pass ”, said Petkovic during a telematic press conference at the Petrovsky Stadium.

Petkovic, whose team reached the round of 16 in the last World Cup, like Spain, assured that their players must rrecover from “hunger” and “forget” the historic victory to penalties against France.

“Now it’s just about going to the next round. I want my players to anticipate what may happen on the field, to be well positioned and to outrun the rival. I’m convinced that during the 90 minutes we will demonstrate hunger and quality ”, he pointed.

The technician admitted that the decline of Granit Xhaka by cards It is important, but he recalled that Switzerland “works as a team” and the rest of the players “will have to give 110%”

“We can miss Xhaka so much. Pero is not only about replacing Xhaka, but to win the match. He will not be there, but we have great players in our ranks. I am convinced that we have other leaders. We won’t change much. I have a plan, “he said.

As for Spain, he admitted that he is the favorite, not only of Friday’s game, but also one of the candidates to win the tournament.

“I have great respect for tomorrow’s opponent. Spain He has shown that he can play great football. They have scored ten goals in the last two games. They have run more than the rival, “he said.

He admitted that this morning they studied the game of Spain by video and that, after three days of recovery, his team must show today that it is ready for the quarterfinal match.

After the press conference, the Swiss team took to the pitch to train andn the Petrovsky Stadium.