The Swiss team hopes to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup. To achieve this, Patrick Fischer advocates an aggressive and offensive game. The Swiss-USA quarter will be played at 7:20 p.m. this Thursday in Helsinki.
The objective has already been set for November: at least a place in the semi-finals at the World Cup and at the Olympic Games. For the Olympic Games which took place last February, it is already a failure. Switzerland had not made it past the quarter-finals in Beijing (defeat against Finland).
At the World Championship in Helsinki, everything is still possible. Switzerland even start as favorites in their quarter-final against the United States. Now all that remains is to win. Yes, but a comment? Here’s how Patrick Fischer and his team want to defeat the Americans:
Full ahead: the “wolf pack”
It was Patrick Fischer who said it: “We are a pack of wolves, and we go hunting.” In other words, the Swiss want to be active and move forward. Stalk and corner their opponent. Always be active and dictate the tempo. The best defense is attack, and so far the Swiss attacking force has made the difference. It is not for nothing that Switzerland have the best attack of the tournament with 34 goals scored in seven games, or 4.86 goals per game on average. The tactic? Full ahead!
Never step back
The mentality of the Swiss team has changed, and much of the credit goes to Patrick Fischer. Gone is the ultra-defensive and cautious approach. Switzerland wants to win by attacking and above all avoid playing “on the greenhouses”. Defending too early instead of continuing to attack has never been a winning formula for Fischer’s team in recent years. “It has played bad tricks on us in the past,” admitted Fischer, referring in particular to the defeat conceded last year at CM in Latvia against Germany and that of 2019 against Canada, each time in the quarter. in the final and after having led in the score in the last moments of the match.
The Swiss “are hungry”
Patrick Fischer learned from past failures, especially after the failure of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. “I really have the feeling that we have found all our desire, underlined the coach. I feel the guys are ‘hungry’ for wins. For this, it was necessary to bring some new blood into the group and make some adjustments. Because with always the same group of players, we inevitably end up going around in circles. We have a few new faces who haven’t experienced certain defeats in the past. It brings freshness and positive momentum.”
Adversity as an ally
The group from Switzerland (without Russia, transferred by France) was relatively easy. On the other hand, the seven victories in a row – as in 2013 on the road to the world final – were not acquired on one skate. “The team knows how to find solutions to win. She has experienced adversity in this tournament, but she has always recovered,” said Lars Weibel, director of national teams. It’s true, Nico Hischier and his buddies have often been behind in this tournament, but each time they have found the resources necessary to turn things around.
Individualities to make the difference
Rarely has the Swiss team been able to count in its ranks on so many individuals capable of making a difference. In front, Nico Hischier has been lining up MVP performances since the start of the competition. Denis Malgin is the best scorer of the tournament (12 points) and a chained in Finland with his sparkling form of the last play-offs with Zurich. Timo Meier is a “bulldozer” capable of making the difference in two strokes. Pius Suter (Detroit Red Wings) is another NHL reinforcement who is currently playing at a very high level. Behind, Janis Moser and Dean Kukan line up patron performances. Finally, Leonardo Genoni (probably established) or Reto Berra were able to raise their level of play when their team really needed them throughout the tournament. Against the Americans, the best Swiss players will have to be the best on the ice at all costs. The potential is there and is even undeniable. All that remains is to put it all into action.