Friday, July 20, 2018

England pace worries Olsson

Jonas Olsson has singled out England’s pace in attack as the main threat to Sweden ahead of their Euro 2012 Group D encounter on Friday.

Defender Olsson believes the likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck all have the speed in attack to trouble his team.

Olsson played under England manager Roy Hodgson at West Bromwich Albion last season and believes the coach is employing similar tactics in his new international role.

Sweden are unbeaten against England in competitive internationals, and Olsson hopes his side extend their impressive record in Kiev on Friday.

“I think the way they played against France is very similar to the way Hodgson set the team up at West Brom when I was there,” he said.

“It’s an organised team, they defend well, and they’re good on the counter attack with the pace they have up front with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck and Walcott.

Sweden lost 2-1 to Ukraine in their Group D opener on Monday, while England held France to a 1-1 draw.

“Of course we’re at a position where we can’t lose any more games, and hopefully we can win both,” Olsson said.

“They’re tough games of course, but we’ll focus on Friday first and try to get a good result there, and then we’ll see how far it goes. Obviously it would be nicer to win both games so we don’t have to depend on other results.”

“(Our unbeaten record in competitive matches against England) is quite something of course. It’s nice to have it in the back of your head that we’ve done it before, and hopefully we can keep that streak going for a few more years.”


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