Women’s Football – Nati against Northern Ireland, head turned to Italy

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Switzerland will face Northern Ireland on Sunday in Marbella (12 noon). A friendly match that enables them to prepare well for the crucial month of April.

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In the sun in Marbella to avoid a rainy spring. Since the start of the week, the Swiss women’s team has been training in Costa del Sol, where they will face Northern Ireland on Sunday and then Austria on Wednesday. “The goal is to prepare for the April deadline,” Nils Nielsen explains. Two crucial matches to qualify for the 2023 Australia / New Zealand World Cup: a trip to Romania, ranked 3rd in the group, on April 8, followed by a reception in Italy on the 12th. A clash at the top to retain first place in Group G and win a ticket to Oceania.

For this combination, the national coach must compose his team without the four main parts: central defender Luvana Buhler (Hoffenheim), captain and midfielder Leah Walti (Arsenal), midfielder Cumbria So (Paris FC), and Schrtriker – Schrtriker. Could not travel. All four, which are not considered serious, should be available this spring.

Play time for youngsters

We need to review our plans for this training camp, the coach explains. From the point of view of preparing for a duel against the Romanians and Italians as well as the Eurozone, this is clearly a shortcoming. But there was no significant change in the match against Northern Ireland. This lack will allow other players to prove themselves, especially by giving youngsters time to play. Seven of the so-called were born in the 2000s. “They need to show that they have a place in this reunion,” Dane continues.

The Swiss team continues with 7 wins in a row, jumping without a hitch so far in the qualifiers for the next World Cup. At Marbella on Sunday (12pm) against Northern Ireland, maintaining this momentum will be a question. “We always want to succeed, but the result is not inevitable. Attitudes, movements and collective performance are important to me. Although our base XI cannot be deployed, our momentum in 2021 must continue, ”said Niels Nielsen.

“We must expect mistakes”

Facing Northern Ireland, who have qualified for the next Euro in England, the coach does not expect a cakewalk: “It’s a very combative team, they give everything they have on the pitch. They are very present in duels. Hope you do not play well. “Players who start tomorrow do not usually play together. Mistakes can be expected.

Who says friendly competition, often says tactical experiments. “We’re going to try new things without changing the philosophy of our game,” Nils Nielsen confirmed. There are areas where we absolutely need to work. Not only for the Euros, but also for the capital match against Italy. This week, the defense at 3 worked particularly well, with a midfielder at 5. “It’s not a game we’ve often used,” says Servatien Thais Hurney. This is really something we need to work on. ”This brilliant team from Switzerland went to prevent the clouds from darkening the pleasant spring.

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