Freuler, Schär, Kobel et Bottani saluant leurs supporters au coup de sifflet final dimanche soir à Lisbonne. Perdre, c’est aussi fatigant… 

Soccer: Mood: Our dear soccer players are tired. But from what?

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Like other selections, Switzerland can also complain about a long season. However, the lack of commitment from its players is annoying. After all, it’s their job.

Freuler, Schär, Kobel and Bottani greet their supporters at the final whistle on Sunday evening in Lisbon. Losing is also tiring…

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A season that is too long, a badly compiled or even insane calendar, exhausted players, a League of Nations that nobody would care about (except for financial reasons), etc. We have been hearing that almost everywhere for a week, not only in our country. A well-known chorus, chorused by more than one coach, denouncing a 2021-2022 practice that never stops stretching. Even Didier Deschamps got involved, citing the absurdity of a schedule that forces his players to work overtime. Oh la la…

So much whining that bad comes from millionaires on the go. So many false excuses that in our eyes have no reason to exist. This corresponds more to a lack of respect for fans who never hesitate to spend lavishly to support their respective favourites, than to the reality of teams who are not as keen on ‘delivering the goods’ as might be expected.

Castle life is exhausting

Note that these endless tales of the season are especially true for losers, because it’s true that recovering from your efforts(?) after a win is different than after a failure. In this respect, it is understandable that Switzerland is very tired of Murat Yakin – but what actually? What she didn’t show in Lisbon? From those demanding travel conditions, which are known to be carried out at night on board low-cost airlines in order to reduce costs? Of those third category hotels, chosen to lower the bill in a noisy area, often near a train station? The truth is that palace life on earth and business class in the air don’t suit our aces.

Admittedly, stringing together four prestigious games in 11 days might not be ideal for Swiss internationals, but isn’t that their job? Instead of us bathing in their bruised bodies and mental exhaustion, let them do the job! Curiously, the stars of the Seleção, who were even more involved throughout the season, complained far less, who knows why. Anyway, next.

If a Swiss footballer is unable to play four games in June, it may be that he is ill-prepared. Why should the players’ season as a whole be more strenuous than that of the fans who support them all year round? You, me, each of us long for vacation too, without whining that we can’t taste it now. As they stand for holy union and national unity before taking on Spain and then Portugal in Geneva, perhaps our dear footballers should think less of themselves and more of their audience.

to be evacuated by gravity

In view of the widespread dissatisfaction with the Nati’s recent blank trips, it is also appropriate to place this severity in the context of this special summer start. Normally, the Swiss would be preparing for a World Cup at the moment and everyone would be galloping like rabbits to appear on the list of 23 selected players. This was also the case four years ago when Vladimir Petkovic’s charges met in Ticino to polish the 2018 World Cup in Russia and set a first deadline of June 17 against Brazil.

The World Cup in Qatar was postponed before Christmas so it is surprising to see Murat Yakin’s dragging their legs and not approaching this other competition with the seriousness that it should. Unless this League of Nations is nothing more than a giant joke that everyone laughs at except those who paid dearly to support the Swiss boaters.

This flabby Switzerland has tired us enough so far not to see them screaming for forgiveness for their lack of Niak on Thursday. The alarm clock has come for the players and his coach.

No matter the supposed pent-up tiredness of each other.


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