'We have nothing to lose against Brazil'

It does not get much tougher than facing Brazil in your opening game of the World Cup - but Stephan Lichtsteiner is relishing the challenge.

Our new signing will captain his country and line up alongside Granit Xhaka against the Selecao on Sunday, and he feels they can look to it with confidence.

"It can be an advantage because it is the first game for Brazil, and for the big teams the first game is at times a little bit difficult," Lichtsteiner told Arsenal Player. 

"It can be an advantage but we are outsiders, we have nothing to lose so we just have to enjoy it and be ready to play against this big team.

"In Switzerland you have the impression that the minimum is that we have to pass the group stage and that is our objective. We did it four years ago and then we went out after 120 minutes against Argentina, we went close to making this big team but we missed it for three or four minutes and this year we try to make history for Switzerland. 

"It is a very good mix [in our squad]. When I played eight or nine years ago, it was difficult to create chances and now we have really good players in offence that can go one against one, they can create chances out of nothing, so we have now really have a very good team."

01:13

Behind the scenes: Lichtsteiner at London Colney

See Full List

Fixtures & Results

Premier League
Ticket Info