Germany face Switzerland in UEFA Nations League Group 4 in Cologne on Tuesday 13 October at 20:45 CET.
As they stand
• Germany are second in Group A4, two points adrift of Spain. Joachim Löw’s side drew their first two games 1-1, surrendering leads at home against Spain and away against Switzerland, and had to withstand another comeback in Ukraine on Saturday in a 2-1 win.
• Switzerland are bottom of the section with a point from three games, narrow losses in Ukraine (2-1) and Spain (1-0) either side of the 1-1 draw at home to Germany.
• The sides drew 1-1 in Group A4 in September, but Germany have still had much the better of the neighbours’ 52 meetings to date: W36 D7 L9.
• The Swiss had beaten Germany in their previous encounter, 5-3 in a May 2012 friendly in Basel in which Eren Derdiyok scored a hat-trick. It remains their lone victory in the sides’ last 21 duels (W1 D3 L17).
What the coaches say
Joachim Löw, Germany coach: “Switzerland have done well in tournaments recently. They have reached the top level in world football because they have done such a great job on player development. They are a tough challenge for any opponent. Spain created almost no chances against them. I hope we will have more focus and more precision in our game than we did against Ukraine. Also, I expect courage and the right impulses in attack.”
Vladimir Petković, Switzerland: “We want to go there, produce another positive performance [like the Spain one] and pick up points while we’re there. I was annoyed with our defeat by Spain. We need a bit more courage and sometimes we have to defend higher up the pitch. But we are optimistic that we can cause them problems.”