Dejan Kulusevski and Alexander Isak ahead of Tuesday’s meeting against Austria
The Swedish men’s national team won a very important victory last night. Now they want to see many in the stands against Austria.
-Hopefully there will be a lot of people. It is important for us so we can get help on the trot, says Alexander Isak to Sportbladet.
Despite yesterday’s clear victory against Estonia, the pressure is still on Blågult. Even if the situation is tough with four points up to first and second, the goal is still obvious, according to Dejan Kulusevski.
– I think everyone wants to go to the EC, I think we should all help each other because I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want it. says Kulusevski to Sportbladet.
Alexander Isak also hopes to see many in the stands at Tuesday’s important match.
– All to Friends! Hopefully a lot of people will come. It is important for us so we can get help on the trot, he tells the newspaper.
After the upcoming match against Austria, only three matches remain in the qualifiers for the European Championship. In addition to the big nation Belgium, Azerbaijan also awaits and another meeting against Estonia.
After yesterday’s 5-0 victory, winger Kulusevski believes that self-confidence is significantly better than before yesterday’s meeting.
– It feels very good now, really good for myself and for everyone involved. It’s a very good feeling for Tuesday.
The players’ call: “Is important to us”
The national team believes in the EC.
Now the players think it’s time for the doubters to start doing it too.
– I think we should all help each other. I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want us to do this, says Dejan Kulusevski.
After the loss against Austria in June, both the chances and the expectations that Sweden will be able to make it to the EC dropped. There are now four matches left in the qualifiers, Austria, Belgium, Azerbaijan and Estonia. There are many indications that four victories will be required to finish top two in the group and qualify for the championship in Germany.
According to Sportbladet’s reader question, 80 percent of the over 23,000 who voted believe that Sweden will not make it. After the victory against Estonia, the players think it’s time for the fans to start believing in it again.
– I think everyone wants to go to the EC, I think we should all help each other because I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t want it. So we hope the fans come on Tuesday, watch good football and support us then we will give everyone something good to watch, says Dejan Kulusevski.
“Of course we need the support”
Even Viktor Gyökeres is on the same track:
– They can believe what they want, but we won 5-0. We know we have to win again on Tuesday but it is clear that we need the support and that we do it together with the fans, says Gyökeres.
Several players talked about the confidence in the squad not being the best after the loss to Austria. Dejan Kulusevski was one of them, but after the victory against Estonia combined with the pressured situation Sweden is in, the 23-year-old thinks that has changed:
– It feels very good now, really good for myself and for everyone involved. It’s a very good feeling for Tuesday, says Dejan Kulusevski.
“All to Friends”
The arena in Vienna was boiling with Austrian fans when the nations faced each other last time. Alexander Isak hope Sweden gets similar support now at Friends.
– All to Friends! Hopefully a lot of people will come. It’s important to us so we can get help on the trot, says Isak.
In a new poll after the victory against Estonia, the hope has already risen a little among Sportbladet’s readers, now 27 percent believe that Sweden will take one of the two European Championship places.
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