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Trossero warns against complacency

Trossero wants his players to remain focussed

(Keystone Archive)

After the euphoria of Saturday's hard-fought draw in Yugoslavia, Switzerland's national football coach Enzo Trossero is wasting no time in preparing his players for Wednesday's home match against Luxembourg.

The Swiss team resumed training in Belgrade on Sunday morning, before flying back to Zurich for further sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

Luxembourg may be rooted to the bottom of the group one qualifying table after suffering a humiliating 2-0 home defeat against the Faroe Islands, but Trossero is clearly taking no chances.

"We can't afford to let up on our concentration," Trossero insisted. "Wednesday's match is very important."

Switzerland's Argentinian coach may find himself watching that important match from the stands of Zurich's Hardturm stadium, following his expulsion from the Belgrade touchline on Saturday. Trossero was led from the bench after protesting against a number of refereeing decisions in the build-up to Yugoslavia's opening goal.

Having been forced to watch from the players' tunnel as Stéphane Chapuisat grabbed a late Swiss equaliser, Trossero was at least able to praise the discipline of his players.

"I'm very happy with the team's performance," he said after the match. "I was annoyed because the referee was blowing his whistle against Switzerland throughout the game."

Press reaction to the Yugoslavia match may have helped Trossero to steady his nerves on the flight home. Following previous criticisms of the coach and his side, both the SonntagsBlick and the SonntagsZeitung were full of praise on Sunday.

The SonntagsBlick, which had described the Swiss team as footballing dwarves after last month's 4-0 friendly defeat to Poland, said that the side had grown into giants in Belgrade. "Not in regards to playing ability," the newspaper hastened to add, "but in regards to the players' commitment, character and the solidarity of the team."

Both newspapers pointed out, though, that anything other than a win against Luxembourg could do irreparable damage to Switzerland's World Cup hopes. Having exceeded most people's low expectations in Belgrade, Trossero's men must now live up to high hopes in Zurich.

by Mark Ledsom


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