Spain Ferran Torres expects tough quarter-finals
Spain’s international players have a noticeable respect for their opponents in the quarterfinals, Switzerland, even though the Swiss and Southern Europeans themselves are missing the big names in the EM team. In an interview with the sports newspaper “Us” (Thursday) recalled attacker Ferran Torres Last two matches in the Nations League. “They were really tough games,” said the 21-year-old Manchester City striker. “They suppress, they make it difficult.”
In October 2020, the Spaniards won their home game 1–0 in Madrid. A month later, a goal in the 89th minute from Gerard Moreno saved the Spaniards from a 1–1 draw at Basel. This Friday (6pm/ZDF & Magenta TV) the two teams will face each other in the quarter-finals of the European Football Championship in St. Petersburg.
Overall, however, the Swiss won only one in 22 games against Spain – 1–0 at the 2010 World Cup in the group stage. At the time the Swiss were eliminated, Spain became the world champion.
Ferran Torres said the Swiss don’t have a team with many big names, but they have shown that as a team they can beat any team.. In the Round of 16, Switzerland won against world champions France in a spirited game on penalties. The Spaniards won a fine match against runners-up Croatia in extra time.
Ferran Torres insisted that defending champions Portugal and former world champions Germany were already out with France. (dpa)