SALVADOR, Brazil – Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is making no secret about his tactics heading into Switzerland's potentially decisive clash with France: Solid defending and quick counterattacks.
Whoever wins in Salvador on Friday will take a major step toward clinching top spot in Group E, and probably avoid Lionel Messi's Argentina in the second round.
Hitzfeld said Thursday "we have to be firm in the defense and react quickly on counter strikes."
Switzerland began its World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win against Ecuador after a late goal by Haris Seferovic. The French easily beat Honduras 3-0.
The veteran German coach says, "if we want to stand a chance against France, we will have to play beyond our limits."