The 6-0 victory over Belarus at the World Championship in Riga shows the development of the Swiss team in a striking way under the leadership of coach Patrick Fischer.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Swiss still had problems facing teams that were, on paper, seen as weaker. These times are a thing of the past. This is what Fischer also notes: ‘This part underlines the step we have taken in recent years against the so-called’ small ‘nations. We no longer have trouble making the game, and at the same time we let the opponent come to our goal little and play without taking any risk. I liked the performance against Belarus, we were ready. She is a good image of the team. ‘
The Swiss controlled the meeting against the East Europeans except for a small weaker phase after Christoph Bertschy’s 1-0 score in the 1st minute of play. It did not escape the center Enzo Corvi: ‘We had a good game for 50 minutes and we deserved to score six goals.’
After the 1-0 goal, goalkeeper Leonardo Genoni kept his team in the game. In the 8th minute, he made a spectacular save against Mikhail Stefanovich, who was alone in front of him. The CP Zug goalkeeper showed once again what mental strength he has, to show an impressive reaction after his poor performance in the 0-7 against Sweden. “I wanted to show my best hockey and help the team,” he said.
He was delighted to have succeeded in his business: ‘It was important for him and for us that he felt good after a difficult match. He really played very hard, ‘Fischer said. The Zurich player made the second shutout for Switzerland in this tournament after the 1-0 against Denmark with Reto Berra in the cage.