Football: Sandrine Mauron: “It’s up to us to stand up and show a different face”

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Six days after the correction by the Germans, the Swiss will meet the English in their last preparation game for the Euro on Thursday in Zurich. The point with the Vaudoise de Servette.

Sandrine Mauron has 22 selections with the national team.

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The Swiss team has to react. To suffered the debacle in Germany Last Friday (7-0) Nils Nielsen’s side need to find certainties before joining their base camp for the Euros in Leeds (6-31 July). But before crossing the English Channel, the Nati will play one last friendly against England, the future hosts of the competition, in the Letzigrund on Thursday. A clash she is not approaching on the best of terms: in 2022 she conceded two draws – in a friendly against Northern Ireland and in Romania in World Cup 2023 qualifiers – and three defeats – in friendly against Austria (3.0) and Germany ( 7-0) and receiving Italy (1-0) in the playoffs. Interview with 25-year-old Vaudoise Sandrine Mauron, who joined Servette Chênois from Eintracht Frankfurt this summer.

– How did you digest this defeat against Germany?

– Luckily it was only a friendly game! The result is tough, but there were still positive elements in the game to remember. We still need to improve for Thursday’s test against England to be in good shape for the EURO.

– What happened after the game?

– It was important to talk to each other, even in moments like this the group is forged. On Sunday morning we did video analysis and saw that they were offered goals. These mistakes should not be repeated. Now it’s up to us to stand up and show a different face.

– On the pitch, how did you experience that disastrous end to the game with five goals conceded in the last half hour?

– In terms of gameplay, it wasn’t a total catastrophe. The problem is that we didn’t manage to clear the ball fast enough on our 16 yards. The Germans often managed to counter us with their toes and the rebounds were with them.

– On Thursday you meet England, who scored five goals on Friday in the Netherlands, reigning European champions. It looks complicated, doesn’t it?

– Yes of course. But I didn’t see the game against the Dutch, maybe the result is tough and they gave gifts too. The English want a great, sell-out first game at Old Trafford to start their EURO well so they will be impressive. You will have a lot of fun. But it’s still a friendly game, so maybe they’ll do some more tests.

– You play a joker role in the Swiss team. how do you live it

– Very good, because that’s the status I had in Frankfurt, where I always came on first, whether we win or lose. It’s a role that I know and can bring to the group at that level.

– You were transferred from Frankfurt to Servette this summer. What made you decide to return home?

– Mainly to benefit from more playing time, to be a starter and to have 90 minutes in the legs regularly. Servette is an ambitious club and I was immediately attracted to this project. I also wanted to be closer to my family.

– Does this change mean that you are going from a professional to a semi-pro?

– Yes, I will work a bit on the side. I think it will be good for the head. I am a person who needs to be very active. But I still have that desire and ambition to stay in the world of football. And in terms of infrastructure and coaching, Servette gives me everything I need to play at the top.


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