EURO 2020 quarters: We are hungry for more, says Switzerland coach Petkovic

Switzerland is confident of reaching the Euro 2020 semifinals despite being the underdog against Spain in their last-eight clash on Friday, coach Vladimir Petkovic said.

Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic during training session.   -  REUTERS

Switzerland is confident of reaching the Euro 2020 semifinals despite being the underdog against Spain in their last-eight clash on Friday, coach Vladimir Petkovic said.

The Swiss caused the shock of the tournament when they beat world champion France on penalties in the last 16 after fighting back from 3-1 down for a 3-3 draw.

"We have done very well to reach the quarterfinals, but we are not content, and we are hungry for more," Petkovic told a news conference on Thursday.

"We know we are playing one of the tournament favourites, but we won't be overwhelmed after eliminating France. We want to go a step further, and we'll be mentally prepared for another massive challenge."

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The Swiss will miss suspended midfielder Granit Xhaka who picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against the French, but Petkovic said he had apt replacements on hand.

"Granit's absence is a setback, but I have an idea how we are going to deal with that. In any case, it means everyone else on the pitch has to give 10 per cent more because Spain are a great team and they scored 10 goals in their last two games.

"We have to be spot on with anticipating situations, and we will certainly have to run more than our opponents because they excel in keeping possession."

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The Spaniards thrashed Slovakia 5-0 in their final group match to reach the last 16 and then beat Croatia 5-3 after extra time in one of the tournament's most thrilling contests.

Forward Xherdan Shaqiri, who netted a superb brace in Switzerland's 3-1 group stage win over Turkey, said the team must prevent Spain from dominating.

"We've shown many times that we're capable of scoring against top teams, and we will try to do the same against Spain by taking the game to them.

"If we play at the top of our limits as we did against France, anything is possible. It doesn't matter if I score or not, the only important thing is to help the team."

The winner will meet either Belgium or Italy at Wembley on Tuesday for a berth in the July 11 final at the same venue.

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