Preview: Chile vs. Switzerland
THE BIG PICTURE
And here they are, the two best teams in Group H.
…that can’t be right, can it? Certainly is the case after the first round of games in which Chile thumped Honduras pillar to post but only put one between and Switzerland pulled the upset of the tourney thus far by moving the Swiss Alps to South Africa whilst Spain were busy playing their Narcissus football – so stunningly stunning they couldn’t bother to take themselves away to throw one in the back of the net.
But they won and they deserve to be billed as the group’s best thus far: the high-flying Marcelo Bielsa-les Chilean attack versus the staunchly stingy Swiss. Will Ottmar Hitzfeld need to throw out the bus once again? You’d imagine not, but once again, like Spain, if Chile get clicking, he may not be posed with the choice.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Well who dare dreamed of this? If Switzerland can win, first in the groups is theirs to lose against a plucky but overmatched Honduran side, rollicking giddily in the happy-to-be-here bin. An honor the Hitzfeld & Co. would wholly and undeniably deserve.
Chile, on the other hand, may need a win, or at least the point, because even with their dynamically fluid football looking all sorts of excellent against Honduras, going in even on points with Spain for an all-attack shootout won’t exactly favor the South Americans.
Switzerland is one of many in the sit back with numbers clan, but they’re leading the group and may be perfectly comfortable stifling Chile just as they did with Spain in Durban. Problem is Chile work north-to-south as well as east-to-west, so may actually score. But something says the Swiss will too. 1-1.
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