Brazil inspired me to play football – Swiss coach

football27 November 2022 15:16| © AFP
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Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said on Sunday his side would not be overawed by Brazil ahead of their World Cup clash in Qatar, admitting the five-time champions inspired him to play the game.

Both teams won their opening Group G matches and the winner of Monday's game could qualify for the knockout rounds, depending on the result of the earlier match between Cameroon and Serbia.

"Personally, I have been looking forward to this clash since the draw came out," Yakin, a former Swiss international, said on the eve of the match.

"Since my childhood, I spoke at length about Brazil – maybe that's why I became a footballer.

"Of course, we are really looking forward to it. It's great to play against big names and to show what we have."

Yakin said his side had not changed their preparations for the game despite the absence of Brazil talisman Neymar, who is injured.

"They have enough quality to compensate," he said.

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