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."