Senderos - Pressure will lift
Switzerland's Philippe Senderos believes arriving in South Africa will help ease the pressure on his side.
Last Updated: 06/06/10 10:46pm
Switzerland centre-back Philippe Senderos believes arriving in South Africa will help ease the pressure on his side.
Arsenal man Senderos says the defensive-minded squad are under strain at home to play more attacking football.
And he is hoping that demand will be lifted when the Swiss team touch down for the World Cup on Thursday.
"Here in Switzerland they expect us to play like Spain or Barcelona. There's a lot of pressure behind us," said Senderos.
Switzerland have not secured a win in five straight games, all played at home, although they went some way to appease fans with an improved display in their 1-1 draw against holders Italy on Saturday.
Four days before that result, the Swiss were booed from the pitch in Sion after a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.
"The fans expect a lot of the Swiss team and sometimes it can be a bit wrong," added Senderos.
"We have to know who we are - we are a small country. We have players who play abroad in big teams, but we have to realize we have to play to our qualities."
Gunners defender Senderos, who spent last season on loan at Everton, praised coach Ottmar Hitzfeld for keeping faith in the squad.
"He's really experienced, so he takes these things really calmly and tries to give confidence to the players," he added.
The Swiss face a tough opening match against Spain on 16th June, but Senderos insists his side will not be intimidated by the encounter.
"We have been talking about this World Cup for a long time, so now we just want to get out there and start playing," he said.
"We're very confident that we're going out there to take our chances."