Yakin out to teach England a lesson
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Switzerland playmaker Hakan Yakin claims he will teach England a lesson in humility and twist the knife into their wounded egos in Coimbra on Thursday.
England are still recovering from the hammer blow of conceding two goals in injury time to holders France on Sunday evening.
The defeat left England bottom of Group B following Switzerland's 0-0 draw with Croatia in their opening game of Euro 2004.
Yakin is now aiming to pile further misery on the stunned England camp when the two sides clash in Coimbra.
Influential schemer Yakin has fond memories of English football, having helped Basel to earn two shock draws against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League during the 2002/03 season.
He admits he is eager to repeat that feat with his national team and is anxious to take full advantage of the frailties within the England side.
"I watched the France-England match, it was incredible," Yakin told skysports.com.
"The English defence does not convince me at all. I am convinced that we will do damage to them.
"The team does not have the mental capacity to react on the pitch. A team of quality would win the match with the score at 1-0 in the 90th minute. England have several doubts in their play.
"English football augurs well for me. A couple of seasons ago with Basel we helped to knock Liverpool out of the Champions League. I believe that Owen, Gerrard and Heskey will remember. Now I can repeat it with the Swiss team."
Yakin also believes that England perennially fail to live up to their billing as being among the tournament favourites and he is desperate to show up Sven Goran Eriksson's team.
He continued: "A team like England has many stars and few workers.
"This way they will never arrive at the highest level because they always treat themselves as favourites and they never fulfil that tag.
"They need a humility lesson and Switzerland can give this out for free."
Switzerland know victory over England would leave them on the precipice of the quarter finals and Yakin is confident his nation can spring a surprise for the remainder of Euro 2004.
"My great dream would be to win this European Championship," he added.
"The group is very difficult but we have our possibilities. I was convinced that France would beat the English and now we will crush them because they will be hurt physically.
"The word failure does not exist in this team. We have already prevailed by being in the finals.
"With a little fortune we can do what Denmark did in Euro 1992. We have a young team with a lot of ambition."
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