After gaining a point in the capital, it's back to business at home for the Hoppers. In Zurich, GC welcomes FC St.Gallen 1879 for the 4th round of the CSSL.
The Hoppers fought their way to a 1-1 draw with the leaders from Bern. Despite trailing at half-time, Giorgio Contini's team came back and left Bern with a point thanks to striker Dadashov's equaliser. Now it's on to the next match at home in Zurich: FC St.Gallen 1879, the runners-up in the standings, will be guests at the Letzigrund. Head coach Giorgio Contini is not expecting an easy game here either: "Both teams have started well. We know what St.Gallen can do. They're a good pressing team that defends forward, plays very much vertically and is very well set up by their coach. (...) It needs the intensity of our guys. We have to pick up the St.Gallen-gamestyle, stand up to it and stay brave. And then we will still try to show our football".
Despite a defeat at the start in Geneva (0:1), the team from eastern Switzerland has made a good start to the new season. With only one point behind YB and two 2-0 victories from the last two games (against Winterthur and FC Zurich), the eastern Swiss are currently second in the table. The match winners were both strikers, first Fabian Schubert scored twice in the home win against Winterthur, then it was ex-GC junior Julian Von Moos who scored twice against FCZ.
For the match against St.Gallen, head coach Giorgio Contini still has to do without Florian Hoxha and Sangbin Jeong due to injury. In addition, Giotto Morandi will be unavailable on Saturday: the midfielder is suffering from a slight injury (muscular complaints) and will therefore have to sit out. On the other hand, Tomás Ribeiro is fit again and therefore in the squad. Simone Stroscio is also on his way back and has been back with the team since August 1. In addition, the work permit of center forward Guilherme Schettine is still pending.
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