Retiring Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is confident that he has more than one day of his career left as his side get to face Argentina in a do-or-die World Cup round-of-16 encounter on Tuesday.
The 65-year-old announced after the Swiss qualified for the finals in October that he would retire as soon as his side are eliminated from the competition in Brazil.
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"I always prepare so that we can continue and I am looking forward to this huge challenge," the German told a pre-match press conference on Monday.
"With this Switzerland national team we have got together with the staff and thought about how we can go on. I don’t think this is going to be my last match."
The prospect of facing Messi, who has netted four goals in three games so far in this World Cup, is not daunting Hitfeld. Indeed, he is bullish about his tactical plan for dealing with the Barcelona star.
“I think any defence will have problems facing Messi but I trust not just my defence but the entire team,” the Swiss coach added. “The entire team will have to perform and I am optimistic.
“I believe the neutral Brazilians will support Switzerland because of the sporting rivalry that exists between Argentina and Brazil but, as for stopping Messi, we will show you [on Tuesday] how we will do that.”
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"He is an important player. He’s short, he’s fast and he’s mobile," said Inler. "He needs a good team backing him up, with technicians giving him the liberty by feeding him.
“He does well for us up front and he cannot be figured out that easily. We need to have him playing freely.”