FIFA World Cup: Switzerland better now than four years ago: Coach Hitzfeld

Brasilia: Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld believes his side are better, more creative and more attacking than four years ago when they stunned eventual World Cup winners Spain.

Ottmar Hitzfeld
Ottmar Hitzfeld 

Hitzfeld, the 65-year-old former coach of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, begins his Group E campaign against Ecuador today before his side face France and Honduras.

The veteran boss believes a place in the last 16 is within his team's grasp, which would compensate for a first round exit in South Africa in 2010 despite their famous 1-0 win over the Spaniards.

"My dream is to get to the second round and then we can dream of going further," said Hitzfeld on Saturday.

"We started a transition four years ago, we have rejuvenated the group of experienced players," said Hitzfeld. "The team are better, more attacking, more creative with better organisation than in 2010."

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