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2014 FIFA World Cup™

Honduras-Switzerland: Quotes

Head coach Ottmar Hitzfeld of Switzerland gestures
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Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland coachAs a coach, after losing 5-2 to France you know it’s important to stay calm. I made the most of our strengths. Xherdan Shaqiri is a player who can make the difference because he can decide games on his own. Even against France he played very well. I put him as a number 10 today and that paid off. We’ve got nothing left to lose so things can only get better for us.**

Luis Suarez, Honduras coach**Unfortunately we didn’t get the result we were hoping for. Their early goal gave them an advantage and made every counter-attack a threat. Our second half was good and we had several chances but we just couldn’t score. The whole country is disappointed and I’m sad because we didn’t manage to reach the next round. That was our dream. I made the decision to step down five minutes ago. It’s time for a change. The new coach has a good squad at his disposal, we’ve got good young players and we’re on the right track. I’ll take positive memories from this experience and I’ll always be a Honduras fan.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Budweiser Man of the MatchIt is definitely a big achievement to score three goals at a World Cup. The important thing is that we stuck together as a team. Now we’ll have to see what happens. We’re in the Round of 16 so anything is possible.

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