The loss against Austria means that Sweden can basically forget the first place and a direct advancement to the World Cup. The first place spot is now almost dedicated for Germany. But it will be a thriller between three teams of that other place – Sweden, Ireland and Austria. Swedish victory on Tuesday against the Faroe Islands and all of the trio have eleven points. Then, goal difference becomes crucial.
And against the weak Faroe Islands it is important for Sweden to score many goals.
– It is especially important to do a lot of goals there, says Jonas Olsson.
– It we win big, like really big, says Andreas Granqvist.
– We get to play with five forwards says Johan Elmander with a laugh.
But in the squad are now only two forwards left for the game against the Faroe Islands because Elmander is off.
Will you bring in a new forward, Erik Hamrén?
– I have not thought about that right now. I have a few hours on me for the next game. You’ll have to wait and see.
Granqvist comments about that Elmander is banned from the next game:
– Does not really matter, we’ll win big anyway.
Andreas Isaksson is also banned for the next game.
You get a new goalkeeper, Andreas?
– He will not have as much to do against the Faroe Islands, said Granqvist.
Kristoffer Nordfeldt will replace Isaksson between the goal posts.
– It feels good. I’ve had a good season behind me and I’m ready for this, says the Holland pro.