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EURO 2020

Switzerland vs Spain: analysis

Check out all the best stats as Switzerland take on Spain in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals


Spain coach Luis Enrique described Switzerland as one of the hardest-working and most cohesive teams at the European Championship despite having few household names and predicted a gruelling match for his side in Friday's quarter-final.

Euro 2020: Switzerland vs Spain - quarter final

Switzerland, who will be contesting their first quarter-final in a major tournament since the 1954 World Cup, pulled off the shock of Euro 2020 by knocking out world champions France in the last 16, hauling themselves back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 before winning on penalties.

"They'll be a difficult for us, they may not have many big-name players known to fans but as a block they are one of the best at the tournament," Luis Enrique told a news conference on Thursday.

"They're at our level, without any doubt, because of the way they press and attack. They have a magnificent coach in Vladimir Petkovic and they'll cause us a lot of problems."

The teams met twice in the Nations League last year, Spain winning 1-0 in Madrid but only scraping a 1-1 draw in the away game thanks to an 89th-minute equaliser from Gerard Moreno after the Swiss were reduced to 10 men.

"We were superior to them in Madrid even though the scoreline didn't reflect that and they only created one chance all game. But both games were tough because they press you high in your own half, run very hard and I don't expect anything different tomorrow," Luis Enrique said.

"In this tournament they've been a reflection of what they are, which is a very hard team to beat who can go all the way, just like us."


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