2018 FIFA WC

2018 FIFA WC: Swiss star Behrami compares World Cup with Premier League. Find out why?

[caption id="attachment_68944" align="aligncenter" width="580"] Valon Behrami tackling Argentine star Neymar Jr. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Valon Behrami plays for Premier League side Watford. It’s his fourth World Cup and he came in limelight after stopping Brazilian star Neymar Jr. in their first match of the World Cup. He is shocked with Germany’s early exit and compared this World Cup with the Premier League as he said that all the teams here are balanced here anyone surprise by beating superior teams.

"The level of this tournament is very balanced," he told Omnisport. "Anyone can be a surprise. It's like the Premier League: you kind of expect every kind of result everywhere.

"We should be happy we're going through. Argentina took a risk and qualified in the last five minutes, so really, in this World Cup, anything can happen."

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka feels Germany's early exit proves no team can afford to take any match lightly.

"Surprise, surprise!" the former Borussia Monchengladbach man said. "That's football. You can see, if you're not ready to play and to fight, 100 per cent, it's difficult."

Switzerland's own place in the last 16 was secured by Wednesday's battling 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in Nizhny Novgorod.

Vladimir Petkovic's side, who progressed in second place from Group E behind Brazil, will face Sweden in the next round after they topped the pool containing Germany with a 3-0 defeat of Mexico.

Xhaka is wary of taking Sweden lightly given their performances in Russia and the fact they beat Italy in a qualification play-off tie back in November.

"It's a difficult game," he said. "If you see their qualification they beat Italy over 180 minutes, they've come into the next round with Germany in the group. It's not going to be easy, but we think we can do something."

Behrami, meanwhile, hopes Switzerland can now spring a few shocks of their own as they look to challenge for the quarter-finals and beyond.

"It's going to be the two best teams in the final but maybe there is one surprise in there," he added. "Maybe we can be this surprise. Anything is possible in this World Cup."

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