Johan Djourou believes his home country of Switzerland can go far in the Euro 2016.
The defender played the full match against Albania, as they earned a narrow 1-0 win, and he admitted emotions were running deep.
Both sides have a number of players with the other nation’s heritage, while the match also had brothers Granit and Taulant Xhaka facing each other for the first time in European Championship history.
“It was a very tough game”, Djourou told Goal on behalf of Meet A Star.
“We were playing against an aggressive team because we have so many players with Albanian roots in the team. It was a very emotional game – one where we had to keep our cool. We did that and managed to come out with the three points even though it wasn’t the best game.
“We knew the most important thing in the competition is to win the first game.”
Switzerland joined France by getting their Euro 2016 campaign off to the perfect start with victory in their first Group A clash and Djourou believes Switzerland have enough about them to go far in the tournament.
“We know that we have the quality,” he continued.” It’s important to start well in the competition and then march on. We have to be ready to get the three points in this game [against Romania on Wednesday] and then who knows how far we can go. The first test is over, we have to analyse. I believe we can go as far as possible.”
Granit Xhaka was named Man of the Match for the Swiss following their win over Albania and Djourou believes his fellow countryman has everything it takes to succeed at Arsenal and will thrive with the midfield competition ahead of him.