Football: Sandrine Mauron: "It's up to us to get up and show another face"

Football: Sandrine Mauron: “It’s up to us to get up and show another face”

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Six days after being corrected by the Germans, the Swiss face the English, for their last preparation match for the Euro, Thursday in Zurich. The point with the Vaudoise de Servette.

Sandrine Mauron has 22 selections with the national team.


The Swiss team must react. After the debacle suffered in Germany last Friday (7-0), the troop of Nils Nielsen needs to find certainties before joining its base camp for the Euro in Leeds (July 6-31). But before crossing the Channel, the Nati is playing a final warm-up match against England, the future host of the competition, on Thursday at Letzigrund. A meeting that she does not approach in the best conditions: in 2022, she collected two draws – in a friendly against Northern Ireland and in Romania during the qualifications for the 2023 World Cup – and three losses – in a friendly against Austria (3-0) and Germany (7-0) and when receiving Italy (1-0) during the playoffs. Interview with 25-year-old Vaudoise Sandrine Mauron, who was transferred this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt to Servette Chênois.

– How did you digest this defeat against Germany?

– Luckily it was only a friendly match! The result is harsh, but in the game, there were still positive elements to remember. We still have to improve for Thursday’s test against England, to arrive in good shape for the Euros.

– What happened after the game?

– It was important to talk together, it’s also in this kind of moment that the group is forged. On Sunday morning, we did a video analysis and we saw that they were offered goals. These mistakes should not be repeated. Now it’s up to us to get up and show another face.

– On the pitch, how did you experience this catastrophic end to the match, with five goals conceded in the last half hour?

– Overall, in terms of the game, it was not catastrophic. The problem is that in our 16 meters, we did not manage to clear the ball fast enough. The Germans often managed to counter us with their toes and the rebounds were with them.

– Thursday, you face England, who put five goals in the Netherlands, the reigning European champions, on Friday. It looks complicated, right?

– Yes of course. But I didn’t see the game against the Dutch, so maybe the score is harsh and they also gave gifts. The English want to have a great first sold-out match at Old Trafford to kick off their Euros well, so they will be formidable. They are going to be a lot of fun. But it’s still a friendly match, so maybe they’ll still do some tests.

– In the Swiss team, you play a joker role. How do you live it?

– Very well, because it is also the status I had in Frankfurt, where I was always the first substitute to return, whether we win or lose. It’s a role that I know and I can bring to the group at this level.

– You were transferred from Frankfurt to Servette this summer. What prompted you to come back home?

– Mainly to benefit from more playing time. To be a starter and regularly have 90 minutes in the legs. Servette is an ambitious club and I was immediately drawn to this project. I also wanted to be closer to my family.

– Does this transfer imply that you will go from professional to semi-professional?

– Yes, I will work a little on the side. I think for the head it will be good. I am a person who needs to be very active. But I still have this desire and this ambition to stay in the world of football. And in terms of infrastructure and coaching, Servette gives me everything I need to be on top of the field.

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