• Rodriguez is Switzerland’s mainstay despite fears of relegation at club level
  • Against Bulgaria, he set up an important opening goal.
  • Says Switzerland is “more random than other teams”

The last few seasons haven’t been particularly easy for Ricardo Rodriguez. He left AC Milan to host PSV Eindhoven last year, but although his stay there initially looked promising, the COVID-19 pandemic soon ended it. The FIFA World Cup 2022 fans can buy Switzerland World Cup tickets from our website at discounted prices.

Rodrigues: Swiss see themselves on equal terms with Italy

The last few seasons haven’t been particularly easy for Ricardo Rodriguez. He left AC Milan to host PSV Eindhoven last year, but although his stay there initially looked promising, the COVID-19 pandemic soon ended it.

The Swiss started their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign in Qatar™ Group C with a comfortable 3-1 win in Bulgaria, with Rodriguez scoring the opening goal after just six minutes with a perfect cross on Breel Embol’s head. For the team’s next game against Lithuania in St Gallen on Sunday, the Zurich native took time to talk to FIFA. For Switzerland FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tickets visit our website.

FIFA: What does one think is your best position at the moment?

Ricardo Rodriguez: I can play any role. As banal as it sounds, I play where the coach sticks me. I’d say I’m quite versatile.

You’ve got over 70 international caps and are one of the team’s most experienced players. How has your role developed?

I have joined the national team when I was 18 years. Of course, I can’t deny that I’ve aged, even from a biological point of view. Over the years I have gained experience and maturity. I’ve taken responsibility and I’m trying to get back to the team and the coach by doing well.

Switzerland’s European Championship qualifying campaign went smoothly overall. What is going to be the key to FIFA World Cup qualifying?

That we focus on our strengths. We try to impose our game on every opponent, express ourselves, be effective and play as a team. I think we are more unpredictable than other teams because we are a whole and we are not dependent on individual players.

What still must improve with a view to having a successful World Cup qualifying campaign and European Championship?

I think we’re on the right track. Now it’s about us being prepared at the right time and at important moments so we can play our best. We have recently proven in the League of Nations that we can hold on to the big teams. It is and must remain our benchmark.

What does one accompany Italy, where you’ve been playing for several years now?

When it comes to football and a very well-trained defensive and tactical approach in Serie A.

Can we expect a tussle between Italy and Switzerland for the top spot in Group C FIFA World Cup?

Italy is certainly the favorite to win the group, but we see them on the same path. We have nothing to worry about, and we won’t be afraid of them.

Rodrigues: Swiss see themselves on equal terms with Italy

What is your view on Italy rebuilding its national team? 

The Italian team has changed in recent years. There are new faces and very good players. They have very good tactical knowledge, they have scored a lot of goals in European Championship qualifiers and they have run well lately. So we have to be careful.

What kind of games are you expecting during World Cup qualification?

It’s the start of a new campaign, so we need to make a move, not make mistakes. But I’m optimistic we’ll start well by focusing on ourselves, with tough opponents.

In a separate interview, you were recently commented on how quickly time flies as a footballer. What goals do you set yourself in your late 20s?

You pay even more attention to your body and recover well. In general, you pay more attention to things than before. Xchangetickets.com is the best website for football world cup 2022 Qatar fans. The FIFA fans can buy FIFA World Cup 2022 tickets from our website at massively discounted prices.