Next Game

Chile v Argentina

Saturday, 04 July 2015, 21:00

Copa America Final

Last Game

Argentina 6 - 1 Paraguay

Wednesday, 01 July 2015, 00:30

Copa America Semi-Final

Sabella wary of Sweden height

Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella has admitted his concern over Sweden's aerial threat ahead of their friendly encounter in Solna on Wednesday.

Last Updated: 05/02/13 at 13:30 Post Comment

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina face Sweden on Wednesday

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina face Sweden on Wednesday

The South Americans are preparing for their first warm-up game of the year ahead of the resumption of the qualifying campaign for next year's World Cup.

Sabella has a strong squad to choose from, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain giving him enviable options up front, but it is the other end of the pitch that is giving him most concern, with the threat of Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sure to be a stern test for his defence.

"Sweden are a well-organised team who know what they want," Sabella told TyC Sports.

"They are physical, run a lot. We have watched a lot of recent games like the ones against Brazil, Germany and England.

"Their aerial play is great as they have good tall players, like all good Nordic teams.

"Ibrahimovic is almost the owner of the team. He plays at playmaker, forward. He is great."

Sabella is closely monitoring the fitness of Manchester City's Aguero and Real Madrid frontman Higuain, who both have recently recovered from injuries.

"After Aguero got fit again he played a couple of minutes in the first two games and then he played full matches," Sabella said. "He and Higuain have had some inactivity but they played a lot."

Sabella also paid tribute to captain Messi, who netted his 45th goal of the season in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Valencia at the weekend and will provide the attacking focal point for his country on Wednesday.

"He is the captain of our team, the symbol," Sabella said.

"Everybody wants to see him play the whole match - only the opposition doesn't."

Argentina will be without midfielder Enzo Perez, who has knee and head injuries suffered while playing for Benfica against Vitoria Setubal in the Portuguese Liga.

Sweden coach Erik Hamren, meanwhile, admits he has real concerns about Argentina's attacking threat, and warned his players could be on the end of a heavy defeat if they fail to bring their best game to the table.

"There will be reverential fear," Hamren told reporters.

"If we have a bad day and they have a good one, they could score a lot of goals.

"We must be ready to face them down and hurt them at the right moments.

"It will be a stimulating challenge for us."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski to sign for Galatasaray on Saturday

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will complete his transfer to Galatasaray this afternoon.

England's Laura Bassett: 'I wish no-one knew my name'

Laura Bassett says she is still deeply hurting after her stoppage-time own goal ended England Women’s World Cup dream.

Gerrard turned down Euro move

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he turned down a "couple of nice opportunities" to move to a club in Europe in order to sign for Los Angeles Galaxy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company