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‘Best Switzerland national team that has ever existed’ ready for World Cup

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Switzerland coach Murat Yakin believes his squad is well equipped to make history as they prepare for their opening match of the 2022 World Cup against Cameroon in Group G on Thursday.The Swiss have not reached the quarter-finals since they hosted the tournament in 1954 but, having emerged undefeated through qualifying, Yakin has urged his side to make the most of what he considers an unprecedented opportunity.“I think we are the best Switzerland national team that has ever existed – we have fantastic players who play abroad and I am convinced we will perform our best World Cup ever,” said Yakin.“I think we have a great team with a great team spirit that has been built for the last couple of years.

Football-wise we have improved a lot, and now we want to write history.”Switzerland’s hopes have been further bolstered by the form of captain Granit Xhaka, who joined up with the team having helped Arsenal to the top of the Premier League by the mid-season break.But while Xhaka admitted his experiences with his club have boosted preparations for the tournament, he will not let success with the Gunners deflect from what he hopes will be more glory on the international stage.“I think my club has had a great season but I always say the national team is something different,” said Xhaka. “Of course I’ve got major self-confidence, and I will try to pass it on to my team-mates.”Switzerland will face a Cameroon side who have failed to pick up a point in either of their previous two finals appearances – campaigns which were often racked by in-fighting or rows over financial reward.They are coached by former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song, who played in four finals and boasts the unwanted records of being both the

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