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Coach asked as communicator – Murat Yakin: From Neil Diamond to Toten Hosen – Sport


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Before the Spain game, the Nati coach has to set up his team. And put your communication skills to the test.

A bitter defeat against the Czech Republic, a debacle against Portugal: the Swiss national team has failed miserably at the start of the Nations League. Indisputably, head coach Murat Yakin is now also in demand as a communicator.

After winning the group in the fight for the 2022 World Cup ticket, the 47-year-old proved that he has mastered his public image. Because Northern Ireland provided support and Italy drew 0-0, Yakin sent 9.3 kg of Swiss chocolate to Belfast. Wrapping up the sweet thank you and humming “Sweet Caroline” at the same time, the man from Basel, who outperformed his predecessor in terms of ease, had himself filmed for the national team’s Instagram account.

But what about internal communication? Especially since the mood is now more in the direction of dead pants and “Get up when you’re down” goes instead Neil Diamonds “Sweet Caroline”. In any case, Fabian Frei praises his boss as a good communicator: “He knows very well how to pass his tactical ideas on to the players. He also manages to keep the substitutes on standby.”

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Not an easy task at all, the FC Basel veteran knows: “Keeping everyone happy in our national team is not easy. The team consists of nothing but players who are seeded in their clubs and play a key role,” says Frei.

How well does that work? You will find out on Thursday. Because then the Nati will welcome the next top-class player with Spain in the Stade de Genève (8:45 p.m. live on SRF Zwei).

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