Sweden are easy to analyse, difficult to beat - coach Andersson

Jul 06, 2018, 23:12
Sweden are easy to analyse, difficult to beat - coach Andersson

"It's a good thing that England are scoring from corners, penalties and free-kicks, and they look very unsafe from these all the time". Can history repeat itself?

England take on Sweden in Samara on Saturday afternoon for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.

Andersson hasn't necessarily made Sweden a threat, but by using a rigid 4-4-2 formation, they've been able to bully teams off the park.

England's victory against Colombia takes Gareth Southgate's team into what looks like a winnable match against Sweden, who edged out Switzerland 1-0 earlier on Tuesday.

Luka Modric, who has been one of the best players in this year's competition, is an important member of the Blazers team, which is averaging 2 goals per match. This will be very tricky for both teams.

Captain Andreas Granqvist has embodied this collective philosophy most of all.

The ball hit the back of the net after the referee had stopped play, with Harry Maguire distracted by a second ball which would've rolled onto the pitch had it not been stopped by the assistant referee.

Perhaps that has benefitted the team, perhaps not. The UEFA nation ultimately finished third that time around, and with a stealthy back line in 2018 things could be setting up nicely for manager Janne Andersson and his squad. He is physical, resolute and steely and it could carry Sweden even deeper into this World Cup.

"Sweden will be more or less the same as Iceland in Euro 2016 - they don't have the best footballers in the world, and none of our players would play in the first team of the biggest clubs in the world since Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) has left".

They came through a qualifying group with the Netherlands and France in, finishing second having beaten both teams once on their way to qualifying for Russian Federation.

Beckham and Ibrahimovic are friendly with one another from the brief time they were teammates at French powerhouse, Paris Saint Germain.

"Sweden have surprised everyone but you shouldn't be surprised because they qualified well", said Eriksson.

It's the third controversy involving the Argentina great at the World Cup, which he has mostly attended as a VIP guest of Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"Twice the English threw themselves to the ground and he did not admonish them". There have been 15 meetings in that time.

England's World Cup win over Colombia was watched by a peak UK TV audience of 24.4 million, ITV said today.

Southgate said he was already looking forward to Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden in Samara, with a last-four clash against either Croatia or Russian Federation up for grabs.