Petkovic: History is behind us

After booking their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic insists his side cannot afford to rest on their laurels.

The Swiss booked their spot in the knockout stages of the tournament for the fist time in their history, after holding France to a 0-0 draw at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on Sunday night.

The former Lazio coach says it’s time think about the next objective, as they prepare to face one of Germany, Poland or Northern Ireland in the next round.

“History is behind us. You don’t live on past achievements, we want to achieve something even more significant,” Petkovic told reporters.

“It’s a notable achievement but the first step forward was this, it was a minimum objective. We showed good play and held firm.

“We know we’ll play on Saturday at three o’clock at Saint-Etienne. We now need to recover our energy levels and other sides must run before they can play us.

“We’ve already played Poland in a friendly, they’re an excellent side, while there is nothing more to say on Germany. Northern Ireland are pretty solid, too. We’ll come up in a knockout game where we don’t just want to do ourselves credit.”

Petkovic was pleased with his side’s performance, as they enjoyed plenty of possession against the hosts, while admitting that an improvement in front of goal was a priority.

“It was pretty positive for me,” he continued. “I think the way we played was pretty pleasing, even during tough times when we had to come back a bit. We never thought of just closing down the space and not trying to score.

“It was tricky in the second half, we faded a bit physically but kept our heads up and kept the ball. But we can and must do better in the final third.”

“Many sides are based on a good defensive work and playing compactly. That was the case today,” he said. “There were chances, hitting the post, Yan Sommer put a great effort in, but that’s due to the defence most of all.”

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