As reported by Blick, Switzerland football federation director, Pierluigi Tami, has stated that national team coach Murat Yakin will not be sacked despite the 6-1 defeat to Portugal in the last 16 at the World Cup.
When asked if Yakin’s position was in danger, Tami said: “No not at all.” However, Tami was critical of the display, pointing to the fact that Portugal ran more than 10km further than a flu-affected Swiss team. “We practically had one player less on the field… Portugal was better in every respect: physically, tactically and technically… Of course we’re disappointed, but we played a good tournament. We lost the game today, but we don’t have to criticize everything. We will get through this as a team and look forward.”
Various Swiss players came down with flu on the eve of the game, including defenders Nico Elvedi, Silvan Widmer and Fabian Schär, affecting coach Yakin’s preparation.