Vladimir Petkovic gives target for Switzerland at EURO 2020

Petkovic during Switzerland's game against Turkey
Petkovic during Switzerland's game against Turkey / Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Before the start of EURO 2020, Switzerland manager Vladimir Petkovic spoke about his side's ambitions for the tournament.

Switzerland have often struggled at major tournaments, last reaching the quarter finals of any competition at the 1954 World Cup. They have never reached the same stage in the history of the European Championship.

This year, they have reached the last 16, where they will face the heavily favoured France.

When asked whether there is discussion over reaching the quarter finals, Petkovic told UEFA before the tournament: "Well no, it’s not a target, because having the quarter-final as your target and knowing in advance you’ll stop there is not good.

"It’s good to plan the next step, plan what you can definitely plan. To be talking about the last 16, the last eight, at this stage without knowing who the opposition might be, it shows a lack of respect as well.

"We want to respect the opposition, but we also want to respect and trust the work we’re doing. The next opponent, the next match, is always more important, and this is how we behave, without setting any limits."

When asked about a realistic target, he added: "Realistic...well, one thing that is real is definitely the fact that we have to give 120%, to try to play our game without fearing the opposition, and that every match gives us a springboard to the next one, because we always want to get better, to get 100% from our team.

"And that, as I already said, it isn’t about giving 100% against Italy or 100% against other teams, because against Italy, Germany, [etc.], we might need 120% to reach the same level as them."