Sport 2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: Sweden

21:00  13 june  2018
21:00  13 june  2018 Source:   readsport.co

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Continuing their tradition of being World Cup regulars, this new-look Sweden side has the potential to cause issues in Russia.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has retired, and although his gigantic ego would have loved to market a return, this team’s system can work without him. Emil Forsberg and Andreas Granqvist are the star players of this Sweden side, but this system is team-based, and a dangerous one at that – just ask the Italians.

The System:

Sweden play a narrow 4-4-2 system with two natural strikers up front, and they are one of the more direct sides at the tournament.

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They like to play through the middle then use the wide areas in the final third, with Ola Toivonen and Marcus Berg both being capable six-yard-box strikers. Emil Forsberg plays on the left-hand side, and he is really the only player with any license to be creative. Ludwig Augustinsson will overlap on the left and look to provide quick crosses in towards the front man, while Forsberg uses his two-footed ability to create chances from the half-space.

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In midfield, Viktor Claesson offers pace and direct running on the right-hand side, and Jimmy Durmaz provides a more creative option from the bench. Seb Larsson hasn’t been great in the last few seasons in English football, but he embodies the Swedish revival in recent years. He is a hard worker who loves to arrive late, and his set-piece delivery will be huge in Russia as tournament football can often come down to set pieces. Most importantly, he provides a stern structure in midfield alongside Albin Ekdal, who is also the creative hub of this team. Sweden though do not really retain possession, and they only averaged 46% possession per game in qualifying.

At the back, Sweden are solid, well drilled and their full-backs are both good going forwards. Due to Sweden’s defensive outlook, their full-backs will likely cross from deep rather than get to the byline, but with two targets to hit, Augustinsson and Lustig may bag some assists. While Sweden’s strikers are both good inside the box, they are also hard working and will look to run the channels. Janne Andersson likes his team to play with fluidity in the final third as 4-4-2 can be a predictable formation, and Sweden’s team all buy into this.

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Very few teams are as reliant on set plays as Sweden, with seven of their 27 goals in qualifying coming from them. Seb Larsson has a good delivery though, and Sweden’s height makes them dangerous even when they are not controlling possession.

Emil Forsberg (Sweden): In the absence of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden need to find goals from elsewhere, and Emil Forsberg could be the man to provide them. The 26-year-old has impressed for RB Leipzig in recent times and has been linked with a big-money move to Unai Emery’s Arsenal this summer. Drifting in off the left with his pace and eye for goal, Forsberg and the rest of the attack will need to be on top form for the Swedes to progress from Group F. © Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images Sport In the absence of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sweden need to find goals from elsewhere, and Emil Forsberg could be the man to provide them. The 26-year-old has impressed for RB Leipzig in recent times and has been linked with a big-money move to Unai Emery’s Arsenal this summer. Drifting in off the left with his pace and eye for goal, Forsberg and the rest of the attack will need to be on top form for the Swedes to progress from Group F.

Tactically, Sweden’s narrow 4-4-2 aims to congest the middle and allow them to gain control without actually having the ball. When they win the ball, they often try to keep it and allow their more attacking players to move into good positions. Essentially, Sweden aims to frustrate their opponents, and they should not be underestimated by anyone.

2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: Brazil

  2018 World Cup Tactical Preview: Brazil Looking to win their sixth tournament, Brazil enter the World Cup with a more balanced squad than they had in 2014. They no longer have a talentless striker in Fred, with Gabriel Jesus expected to be amongst the top scorers, and they have a more balanced midfield led by the world-class anchorman Casemiro. Neymar is obviously the key man, but Tite’s system is not as reliant on him as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s was. The System: Tite named his starting line-up as early as February, but there have been a couple of changes to the team. The system will be a 4-3-3 with Neymar having a free role on the left, and Willian playing more of a fixed role on the right-hand side. Casemiro will sit in front of the defence and start attacks with vertical passes to Paulinho and Coutinho. If Coutinho does indeed play wide, then Fernandinho or Renato Augusto will likely replace him. Tite has generally preferred to play without a playmaker in his midfield trio, but Brazil had some slight struggles against packed defences in recent friendlies, so many think that he is going to move Coutinho into a central role and put Willian, Taison or Firmino in the wide right role. Brazil’s build-up is slow and deliberate, with two of the central players dropping deep to receive passes, and the full-backs being used as an outlet when the time is right. Brazil are capable of playing on the counter-attack, but due to the way teams will play against them, they won’t get many opportunities to do this at the World Cup.

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System strengths:

Sweden’s shape is excellent, and even though they lack creativity, they still have some key things they do to create chances. Essentially, Andersson’s system tells the Sweden players exactly what to do in the final third, but it still works quite effectively for them.

Defensively, Sweden have a unit where everyone gets back and works for the team, and teams will have to work very hard to score against them. Sweden have amazing team spirit, and their backs to the wall defending in the second leg in Italy won the hearts of the nation back, after a couple of disappointing tournaments.

Sweden also have variety in their wide roles, with Forsberg being more of a wide playmaker, and Claesson offering some more direct running. This ensures that Sweden will create chances in different ways, which gives the poacher Marcus Berg a chance to be relevant in every game. The striker has grown into his role outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow, and Sweden have benefitted from this.

System weaknesses:

Andersson’s system compensates for a lack of natural creativity by being rigid and telling players where to pass the ball and where to create chances from, but Sweden do still lack creativity. They will put a lot of crosses into the box, but better teams can generally cope with this, which means they will be very reliant on Emil Forsberg to do anything.

Most of the transitions run through Albin Ekdal, and if he is pressed well, Sweden may struggle to advance the ball after they win it in midfield. He is also quite injury prone, and his absence would potentially kill this system.

Unknown player to look out for – Andersson rarely rotates his team, but if he does, Palermo’s Oscar Hiljemark could get a chance to show what he can do.

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Germany v Sweden: Match Preview .
World Cup holders Germany go into their second Group F match at this summer’s showpiece looking for a crucial win after their shock opening game defeat. Die Mannschaft are up against early pacesetters Sweden in Saturday’s late kick-off at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, aiming to bounce back after their 1-0 defeat to Mexico last week. Youngster Hirving Lozano’s goal for an impressive El Tri, who could have won by a more handsome scoreline, means Germany realistically need to win both their remaining games to have any chance of topping the group, after their first opening game defeat since 1982. Sweden got the job done against South Korea in their opener in Nizhny Novgorod last week and know another surprise defeat for the holders will see them qualify for the last 16. Andreas Granqvist’s penalty gave the Swedes a deserved 1-0 win against a limited South Korea side, while they will look to continue their impressive recent defensive record; six clean sheets in their last nine games, including the shut-out in their opener. This is the sides’ fifth meeting at the World Cup and Germany have the upper hand, with three wins and one defeat, while Saturday’s game is also their first meeting in any capacity since 2013 – a 5-3 win for the Germans in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. The meeting before that was also an eight-goal thriller, with the Swedes coming back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4, also in a World Cup qualifier.

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