Sweden coach baffled over Zlatan Ibrahimovic questions

Date published: Tuesday 14th November 2017 9:17

The manager of Sweden has questioned why their World Cup qualification has become a story about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ibrahimovic has not appeared for Sweden since their group-stage exit at Euro 2016, and played no part in their successful 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.

Sweden beat Italy 1-0 on aggregate to reach Russia next summer, but manager Janne Andersson was bombarded with questions about a potential Ibrahimovic return post-match.

The striker himself was more than happy to fan the flames.

“This is incredible! This player has just stopped to play with Sweden one year and a half ago and we are still here talking about him,” Andersson said.

“Gosh, we need to talk about the great players we have in this team I believe.

“What I wanted to say was that this was the demonstration that our collective acted like this during the whole length of the play-offs. We have many heroes tonight. I am a bit moved but obviously very happy with the result.

“When Ibrahimovic was here with us we played a different style of football.

“Considering that he has decided to leave international football, he is a great champion, but we had to adapt and found another style.”

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