In the last 16 of Euro 2020, Sweden might meet England if Gareth Southgate’s side chooses to avoid a bullet and finish second in Group D to make matters easy for themselves. Going through the group stage should not be a problem for this Sweden team, but what happens beyond that is more difficult to predict. With the nearing of UEFA Euro 2020, we have noted a preview of Sweden in Group E of the European Championship.
Whatever results beyond the last-16 must be observed as a major success for Janne Andersson’s team, depending on who they face. At the same time, “Blagult” stunned everyone by reaching the quarter-finals in Russia three years ago.
Since then, players like Alexander Isak and Dejan Kulusevski have evolved and are poised to impact attacking play alongside Emil Forsberg and Viktor Claesson. The defense is the main concern, and whether it is as strong as it was at the 2018 World Cup. according to some of the recent results, this may not be the case.
If Robin Olsen plays well in goal reaching the quarter-finals isn’t difficult, the defenders don’t let anyone in behind them, and the strikers score a few goals. Assuredly, Janne Andersson’s team will need some luck to avoid the most difficult opponents in the last 16, but on a good day, Sweden can overcome most teams in one game.
The gang has a great sense of unity, which can be crucial during huge competitions. I wouldn’t rule them out — lesson learned from the 2018 World Cup – but they’ll have to outperform themselves to match their three-year achievement.
Goalkeepers: Karl-Johan Johnsson (København), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Gençlerbirliği), Robin Olsen (Everton)
Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Pierre Bengtsson (Vejle), Marcus Danielson (Dalian Yifang), Andreas Granqvist (Helsingborg), Filip Helander (Rangers), Pontus Jansson (Brentford), Emil Krafth (Newcastle United), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Mikael Lustig (AIK)
Midfielders: Jens-Lys Cajuste (Midtjylland), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Albin Ekdal (Sampdoria), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus), Sebastian Larsson (AIK), Kristoffer Olsson (Krasnodar), Robin Quaison (Mainz), Ken Sema (Watford), Mattias Svanberg (Bologna), Gustav Svensson (Guangzhou)
Forwards: Marcus Berg (Krasnodar), Alexander Isak (Real Sociedad), Jordan Larsson (Spartak Moskva)
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