EURO 2020: Hard to please everyone with super-subs timing, Swedish coach says
The timing of the substitutions made by Sweden boss Janne Andersson played a big part in her side’s advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2020, where they face Ukraine on Tuesday, but at least one fan was not happy – his wife Ulrika.
Andersson introduced Robin Quaison in the 1-0 win over Slovakia and he quickly won the penalty that decided the game in favor of Sweden. He faced Dejan Kulusevski against Poland, who scored two goals in a 3-2 win, including late winner Viktor Claesson. But Ms Andersson was not impressed.
“You can always discuss when you make changes sooner or later, it’s an eternal discussion – especially with my wife Ulrika. She says I always make changes too late,” Andersson said at a conference. hurry.
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When asked how happy she was that Kulusevski came on 10 minutes into the second half against Poland, the 59-year-old laughed.
âIn principle, she’s never happy with my changes, we don’t need to go into details,â he said.
Andersson had the task of choosing between attacking players such as Alexander Isak, Marcus Berg, Emil Forsberg, Quaison, Kulusevski and Claesson, all contributing to a surprise Group E victory for the Swedes, often coming off the bench.
“It’s been a long time since I felt like I didn’t have much to contribute, and when you have that it’s a bit difficult to be a coachâ¦ We have a wide range of qualities in our team, which means “that we can bring in players with different skills. I’m happy to have the team we have that can make a difference in the game,” he explained.
The Swedes secured a scoreless draw against group favorites Spain before beating Slovakia and Poland to come out with seven points as winger Forsberg scored three goals.
After enduring the heat of Seville and St. Petersburg, Andersson is happy to be in Glasgow where the climate is more like his home.
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“It looks a lot more like Gothenburg, where we come from, but the conditions you play in are the conditions you have to face, it’s that simple,” said Andersson.
The winner of Tuesday’s meeting will meet the winner England v Germany, but the Swedes are looking no further than Ukraine, who finished third in Group C behind the Netherlands and Austria.
“Ukraine has about 50 million inhabitants, it is a great nation with many good footballers (…) there are no ‘golden tickets’ in football, all the teams that are past are good teams, âhe added.