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After the Switzerland-Cameroon match, the greatest interest is in Arsenal’s 30-year-old star, Granit Xhaka surrounded by him, who willingly answered questions in German and English.

In these, he explained that, thanks to today’s victory, they can watch the Brazil-Serbia match in the evening more calmly, and regarding the two future opponents, he added that he considers the South American team to be the group’s favorite, and that they only want to deal with the Serbians after they have played the second match. He said about our southern neighbor that they are a very good team, with many excellent football players.

“It’s important that we started the series with three points, now we’ll see what the Brazilians’ match against the Serbians will be like, but for me the second and third matches are the same: you have to win, you have to go out on the field wanting to win against everyone. If you want to be in the tournament for a long time, you have to beat the best national teams. The Brazilians have huge stars, I think they are the favorites not only for the group but also for the tournament, but this is just a game where anything can happen.” – replied Xhaka, and then he intended another answer for Index as well.

We were wondering what he considered to be the key to victory after the Swiss didn’t even get a shot on goal in the first half, but they got up after the turnaround and could have won by more goals in the end.

I didn’t even know that we didn’t have a shot on goal in the first half, but we knew at the break that we had to play better in the second half. We did that in the second half, we changed the game, we increased the speed of the game and the passes were much more accurate, so in the end I feel we deserved to win.

He told Xhaka the Index to his question.

Based on the first half, it really seemed that Cameroon was playing at least on par with their European rivals, and maybe even better than them. This can be based on what was previously happening at Tottenham Georges-Kévin Nkoudou according to who currently supports Besiktas.

“The first half was very good, we played well, but we couldn’t score, and without that you can’t win a game. We didn’t start the second half well, we conceded a goal quickly, then the opponent’s defense was very solid and made our game difficult. Overall, we performed well, we deserved more, but that’s how football is – answered the winger, who entered the field in the 74th minute, to Index’s question about what was missing to score points. After that, we also asked about the continuation against the Serbians and the Brazilians. “Anything can happen in football.” I hope we can start similarly well against the Serbs, as we did today, and you never know, maybe this can lead to a victory.”

Switzerland-Cameroon 1-0 (Embolo 48.)
In the other game of the group

(Cover photo: Granit Xhaka after the Cameroon-Switzerland World Cup match on November 24, 2022. Photo: Christian Charisius / Picture Alliance / Getty Images)