To many, Switzerland will go into their World Cup Group E opener against Brazil as clear underdogs.
Granit Xhaka, however, has solely positive memories of facing the Selecao - and our midfielder is in confident mood going into Sunday’s match.
“We’ve played against them before, and I played against them in the Under-17 World Cup, when we beat them 1-0,” Xhaka told Arsenal Player. “I’ve played against them with the senior team as well, where we beat them 1-0 too.
“We can beat Brazil, and we can beat other teams too, but we’ll have to have a very good day to make it happen.
“It’s a massive highlight for all of Switzerland to play Brazil in our first match at the World Cup. They are a big favourite for the World Cup but we won’t hide. We have a great group and we have the chance to show that we can surprise Brazil. We need to prepare well.”
Copyright 2023 The Arsenal Football Club Limited. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.