June 21, 2024

Suddenly left back. Al-Jishari: I do not know the origins of this position

Al-Jashari in the left-back position: “I do not know the principles of this position”

Ardon Jachari has to step in at left-back for the European Championship’s Group Two match against Italy and admits in the press conference that he doesn’t have much experience in that position.


Ardon Gachari is the undisputed captain of the U-21 national team. The 20-year-old proves it at the European Championships, but also off the field.

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  • The Swiss U-21 team meets France in the final group match of the European Championship.
  • Ardon Jachari expects a tough game, but says: “We don’t have to hide from anyone.”
  • In addition, the 20-year-old is showing his leadership qualities both on and off the field.

In the second match of the European Championship, the Swiss national under-21 team got under its wheels against Italy in the first half and was trailing 0: 3 at halftime. Reacting Patrick Freemore, he brings new attacking power with Darian Mallis in the second half and replaces left-back Le Wayne Bloom. As a result, Ardon Gachari was pulled to fullback in the second half – he was thrown into the deep end.

“This is not my position. I didn’t know it before, I never played in this position before,” says Al-Jashari when asked about using it as a left-back. “I can’t judge myself how well I played because I don’t know the principles of this position well. But if I need this position, I will play for the team, not for myself.

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We don’t have to hide from anyone.

For Jshari, this goes without saying. “I said before the tournament that I would be available for the team and of course for the coach as well,” the 20-year-old explained ahead of the final group match against France (Wednesday, 8.45pm).

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Al-Jashari expects an intense match against the undefeated Frenchman. “We know what the starting point is and we have to win. We know it’s going to be a tough game, that we’re going to see a team of high quality. But we don’t have to hide from anyone, we’ve proven that many times.”

There are scenarios in which Switzerland qualify for the quarter-finals with a draw or even a defeat. But you don’t want to be dependent on support. Jachari makes it clear and knows: “We go into the game to win. Against good countries like Italy or France, it’s the details that matter”.

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