Less than three months were enough for Murat Yakin to become the new « boss » of Swiss football.
The Bâlois carried out a mission that was believed to be impossible: to get ahead of Italy, the reigning European Champion, in the race for direct qualification for the final phase of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Victorious 4-0 from Bulgaria Monday evening despite the absence of … seven of the eleven holders « executioners » of France on June 28 in the eighth finals of the Euro, the Switzerland of Murat Yakin signed practically the same feat as the 1994 World Cup team of Roy Hodgson who had blown the qualification for the United States in Portugal.
Without yet being the equal of Vladimir Petkovic who still remains the greatest coach in history, Murat Yakin is no longer seen as a coach a bit too dilettante. He also became the first coach on Monday night to not lose any of his first seven matches to break the record set by Paul Wolfisberg in 1982.
At the helm until 2024
His tactical science, his flair which led him to revive Fabian Frei and gave Rome the keys to his attack to a quasi-neophyte – Noah Okafor – and this coolness which contrasts with the rigidity of his predecessor have conquered everyone . His players, of course, with whom he maintains a dialogue that he wants permanent are under the spell, like his leaders elsewhere. The Swiss Football Association (ASF) was not slow to announce the automatic renewal of his contract until the summer of 2024.
Murat Yakin is thus assured of being at the helm of the Swiss team not only during the World Cup in Qatar but also during Euro 2024 in Germany.
If he admits that luck has accompanied Switzerland in this campaign with the two penalties missed by Jorginho which should have allowed Italy to close the case, Murat Yakin would have every reason to pull the cover to him without this humility that characterizes him. His mastery in the six qualifying matches he led was astounding.
The way in which he was able to cope with the avalanche of forfeits commands respect. « It is always necessary to find solutions to the problems which one can meet », he repeats. We have seen it with the trust placed in Frei and Okafor. To Ruben Vargas too. But his master stroke was to have built « the » system which gives Xherdan Shaqiri his best role.
Placed in direct support of the striker, Noah Okafor on Friday in Rome and Mario Gavranovic on Monday in Lucerne, Xherdan Shaqiri demonstrated why he was indeed an exceptional player. Perhaps the greatest in the history of Swiss football with Stéphane Chapuisat.
If he keeps this pattern in 4-4-1-1 with two strong wingers alongside the two axial midfielders, Murat Yakin will quickly be faced with heartbreaking choices. If Granit Xhaka finds all of his means, there will be one man too many in the middle line.
Who of Remo Freuler or Denis Zakaria will pay for the return of the captain? In attack, can we now deprive ourselves of the services of Noah Okafor even if Haris Seferovic is back in the game?
The next deadline for the Swiss team will fall in March. In principle, it will play two friendly matches. According to the ASF, nothing is yet decided.
« This World Cup is still a long way off, » slips Murat Yakin. The coach is no doubt waiting for the draw on April 1 in Doha to be filled with the magic of a competition that he did not have the chance to play as a player.
This article was published automatically. Source: ats