Xherdan Shaqiri: Swiss U21 showed Spain 'too much respect'

The Basel player, who is attracting interest from many of Europe's leading clubs, took positives from a fine tournament that saw them reach the final

Switzerland Under-21 winger Xherdan Shaqiri had mixed emotions after his side's 2-0 defeat to their Spanish counterparts in the final of the European Under-21 Championships in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Basel star felt that the team were too passive in the face of the Spaniards' possession game but added that they had still enjoyed a fine tournament.

"We stood off far too much and showed too much respect," he told 20 Minuten. "However, we belong among the two best teams in Europe."

Shaqiri's team-mate Timm Klose, who has just signed for Bundesliga side Nurnberg, echoed those sentiments, while also admitting that Luis Milla's side were worthy winners:

"[The second goal] was particularly bitter for Yann Sommer, who had a fantastic tournament overall," he stated. "In the first 45 minutes, the Spanish were clearly better. Still, we have laid down a marker for Swiss football."

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