Game on: Lineups, more as Hitzfeld will “show you how” to stop Messi


Confidence is key if your team is going to advance in the World Cup, and Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has plenty of self-assured thoughts regarding his team’s chances at stopping Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

“How to stop Messi? We’ll show you tomorrow how we do it,” Hitzfeld said Monday.

Okay, well, an upset from Switzerland would give the European nation its first ever win over the South American power.

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Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Fede Fernández, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano, Di María; Lavezzi, Messi, Higuaín

Switzerland: Benaglio; Lichtsteiner, Djourou, Schaer, Rodriquez; Shaqiri,  Inler,  Xhaka, Behrami, Mehmedi; Drmic

Talking points

– Will the pressure get to Messi in a knockout game? Four goals in three games is pretty good, as the superstar is punching holes in the argument that he’s less impressive on the international stage than with Barcelona.

– Can the Swiss attack get Argentina off balance early? Say what you will about Messi, but Xherdan Shaqiri is the one with a World Cup hat trick this year. Will the Swiss put their South American opponents on the wrong-foot?