Fabian Schar says desperate for more success in new interview
Fabian Schar made headlines on Monday night.
The Newcastle United defender and his international teammates knocking out favourites France in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Switzerland reaching their first quarter-finals since 1954, although that was when they hosted the World Cup and only 16 teams took part.
Fabian Schar says he is proud of what has been achieved so far but now wants to go to the ‘next level’ with Switzerland (I’m not sure what would count as the ‘next level’ with Newcastle United…).
The NUFC centre-back points out that events so far in these Euro finals have shown that ‘anything’s possible’ and Switzerland coming back from 3-1 down against France is perfect proof of that.
Fabian Schar is also carrying the Newcastle United flag in this tournament, the last Mag standing as he declares: ‘I’m proud to be a player of Newcastle in the quarter-finals. I think it’s also nice for the club, for the fans, because I’m part of this family as well.’
Schar has been getting messages from his mates at St James Park and says that Matt Ritchie, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, and Martin Dubravka were all in touch after the superb win over France.
It is now Spain on Friday at 5pm and their 5-3 over Croatia on Monday perfectly summed up their strengths and weaknesses. Switzerland have already shown they are capable of scoring goals against the best and the Spanish defence has looked a total mess at times.
Fabian Schar could be carrying that Newcastle United flag a little longer at these Euros, best of luck to him on Friday.
With now only four days to go until the Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations, there is still a lot of uncertainty over a lot of players, including Fabian Schar. The media have claimed Newcastle triggered a one year extension to Schar’s contract but absolutely no official confirmation of that, nor indeed what is happening with the likes of Murphy, Carroll, Dummett, Gayle and Fernandez.
Fabian Schar talking to the official club site as he reflects on Switzerland beating France on Monday:
“It was a crazy, crazy night. We can all be proud of ourselves and the whole of Switzerland is very happy and behind us.
“I got videos sent, pictures sent, from Switzerland and I’ve seen everything. It’s just crazy what it means to the whole country. They’re supporting us so much and to see the joy everyone has after the game, and what they feel – this stuff gives you so much energy. It’s so good to see and we’re just happy to give them exactly what they want to have.
“When I see these videos and pictures, I have goosebumps. It’s just crazy.
“I had a few more messages from players, too – I needed a bit of time to send them all messages back, because it was quite busy!
“It was nice to hear from players like Matt Ritchie, Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle, Martin (Dúbravka); I don’t know if everyone was watching the game but I think everybody could see what happened, especially against the world champions, against France which is a big team.
“I was sad for Emil, for them to concede a goal [and lose against Ukraine] in the 120th minute, but that’s football, and we just had a bit of luck in the penalties to go through.
“Now it’s our first time in the quarter-finals, and of course I’m proud to be a player of Newcastle in the quarter-finals.
“I think it’s also nice for the club, for the fans, because I’m part of this family as well.
“To be honest, I was quite calm [when taking the penalty on Monday in the shoot-out].
“The worst thing is when you walk from the mid-line to the penalty spot. It takes ages. But I’ve had this a few times in the past – I know it’s a lot of pressure on each player who takes a penalty, but you just focus on what you do.
“Obviously I was very happy, and a bit relieved, that my penalty was a goal – but it was never in doubt! We all scored and it was brilliant.
“The good thing for me is, like I said, I’d had this situation a few times; in the Nations League (against England in 2019), and in the Euros in 2016 we had a penalty shoot-out against Poland where I put my penalty in but these times, we lost the penalty shoot-outs.
“Now, I see the other side. We won this time, probably the best way to win a game. The emotion after the game, I can’t describe to be honest. But it’s also a bit of luck – penalties are always a bit of luck – and you just have so much pressure.
“We have a big opportunity.
“Yeah, of course reaching the quarter-finals and what we’ve done so far was unbelievable, but now we’re at this stage of the tournament you want to go to the next level.
“We have another big game, against one of the biggest teams, but in one game anything’s possible and you saw what happened the other night.
“So we want to push everything and try to have the same energy and the same football that we had on Monday night – and I think anything is possible.”
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