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Belgrade. The Swedish national team is currently far from the top of European football.
On Saturday evening, the Swedes lost 1-4 away to Serbia in the Nations League, where the team is in imminent danger of being relegated to the second lowest level. The team will not go to the WC either.
With the defeat in Belgrade, the Swedes have lost seven of the last nine international matches.
In the days leading up to the match against Serbia, national coach Janne Andersson had said that he had great faith in his players, even though many of them miss playing time in the daily life of their clubs.
After the defeat, however, the Swedish Tottenham player Dejan Kulusevski points to the lack of playing time as a decisive difference between Sweden and Serbia.
– It is difficult to come here when you have not played for your club team for five or six months, or if you have only played ten minutes in a month, says Kulusevski to Swedish Viasat.
The Tottenham player points out that Serbia, unlike Sweden, has profiles from Serie A such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scores a lot of goals in England’s Fulham.
– It is not the same as Milinkovic and the boys, who are the important players in Serie A.
– The same applies to Mitrovic, who has scored ten goals in the Premier League.
– Its not the same. The will is there, but the self-confidence is not enough, says Kulusevski.
Sweden took a 1-0 lead after a quarter of an hour through FC Copenhagen’s Viktor Claesson, but before the break Mitrovic scored twice to put Serbia 2-1 up.
At the start of the second half, Sweden had the chance to equalise, but Mitrovic quickly made it 3-1, before Sasa Lukic scored the last goal of the game 20 minutes before the final whistle.
– It burns inside us and there is fire in our eyes, but today some things were missing. The most important details were gone, says Kulusevski.
– When they scored to make it 1-3, ten seconds earlier we had the opportunity to make it 2-2.
– We must grow as a team. If we are not as good as the opponents, we must want it even more and work harder, otherwise it will be difficult to get a result, he says.
On Tuesday, Sweden takes on Slovenia. The requirement is a Swedish victory if the team is to avoid relegation to the second lowest tier in the Nations League.
Source: www.berlingske.dk by www.berlingske.dk.
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