November 29, 2023

World Cup qualifiers: SRF-Ruefer's Xhaka comment infuriates Yakin

World Cup qualifiers: SRF-Ruefer’s Xhaka comment infuriates Yakin

Sebastian Rieder, Vilnius

It’s the 65th minute in Vilnius Stadium. At the moment Switzerland are comfortably 3-0 ahead against Lithuania and are in control of everything. A time point that Sascha Ruefer uses to reach the first score. “Freuler is business as usual, too. They are two reliable factors. Of course you miss the creative part that Zacharias could come up with.”

So far, so good. But then, SRF’s suspension starts smoothly with Granit Xhaka absent due to injury: “But even today I say it frankly: I don’t miss Xhaka.” Then Rovier at the same time credits: “Of course it is better to play with him, but you do not miss him. The Swiss have found solutions to this problem. We take a deep breath.”