Swiss challenge awaits Ecuador
they would not be qualifi ed for the World Cup.”
“But we have had a very good preparation so far. We do have the potential to qualify for the round of the last 16. That is our goal. Then there are no limits. Being an optimist by nature I say we are better than 2010 and therefore yes we will reach the last 16.”
Ecuador will look to Man United winger Antonio Valencia, whom coach Reinaldo Rueda appointed captain in the wake of his close friend Benitez dying. However, while he remains from the side that reached the last 16 in 2006 his experience pales into insignificance compared to that of midfi elder Edison Mendez who at 35 and with 111 caps is appearing at his and his country’s third World Cup fi nals.
Switzerland players train at the Municipal Stadium in Porto Seguro on Thursday