2017-07-06 14:44:00 CEST
“They’ll have to do everything right to beat us”
Switzerland’s Marco Krattiger has laid down the gauntlet to Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt ahead of their final pool play match tomorrow.
The two teams go head-to-head for the first time needing a victory to guarantee a place in the elimination round.
Krattiger and teammate Nico Beeler kept themselves in the hunt for a place in the knockout stages with a well-deserved straight sets victory over Canadians Plantinga/O’Gorman and now face a tumultuous task against the heroes from the Copacabana.
“There’s no discussion, they will be favorites,” said 22-year-old Krattiger. “But with this stadium at our back and cheering for us, there’s no pressure.
“If we can get in a good rhythm I think they have to do everything right to beat us.
“We’ll relax now so we’re 100 per cent tomorrow.”
The duo were disappointed with their defeat yesterday but were far too good against the Canadians and now aim to follow-up their excellent fourth place in The Hague with another good tournament on home sand.
“We’ve had a tough two weeks,” continued Krattiger. “We had a good result in Holland and then started putting pressure on ourselves. We knew we could go far and beat the good teams.
“Today were a bit nervous – we weren’t playing our perfect game but every point in the second set was a relief and it was awesome with the whole stadium for us.”