Lithuania go into this evening's game in Switzerland above their hosts in Group E, but coach Igoris Pankratjevas emphasised that counts for nothing as he expects a much improved home side.
"The current table doesn't reflect the true strength of Switzerland. I saw their first two matches against England and Slovenia and they didn't deserve to lose them both. It's a very well-balanced squad with some fine individuals," he said in St Gallen.
Captain Tadas Kijanskas added that Lithuania are eager to bounce back from their own disappointment and a home loss to Slovenia, saying: "We come here full of respect for Switzerland, but we are not afraid. We will be fighting and trying to show our best qualities according to our game plan. It's a very important match for both sides."
Lithuania have been given a boost ahead of Saturday‘s qualifier in St Gallen against Switzerland as three players with injury worries – goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, winger Saulius Mikoliūnas and striker Deivydas Matulevičius – have resumed full training. CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu striker Matulevičius, who has been out for the last two weeks, is hoping he will be fit.
"My team-mate at Pandurii is from Switzerland and he already gave me some tips on his national team's weak points," said Matulevičius. "I know Switzerland is a team with many superb individual players. But we shouldn't be afraid. We just have to go on the pitch and give 100 or even 120% and see what happens."
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