Was it possible to beat Canada ?
We were convinced it was possible, we have lost but we could have won. For sure it’s a very strong and complete team, but we had our chances too in the first period. Unfortunately we took some stupid goals.
After Beat Forster’s mistakes, did you support him ?
Everyone makes mistakes, we all know such things happen. We tried to motivate him, he knows we won’t blame him. It’s a collective responsibility, it does not depend on one player.
You dominated the third period. Could you have done the same if Canada wouldn’t have led 1-0 ?
Yes, I think so. They were more compact in defence as they were leading, but we got our chances throughout the whole game. Also in the first period when it was 0-0, we could have scored.
Was Canada better than in the first round game ?
No, I think they were the same. As far as we are concerned, we put more heart in the game today, and I think they did the same because it’s a semifinal.
Your group was probably the better one as all semifinalists come from there. Does it help you to have a better pace in the quarter final ?
It has helped us, but it wasn’t only that. Slovakia had a good team, but we knew them quite well. We played them twice in August, lost once and had a tie, I think. Yesterday we fully deserved our victory.
The fourth place often looks like a malediction for Swiss teams…
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