Rediff.com  » Sports » Why Sweden's Ibrahimovic has asked his team-mates to sit back...

Why Sweden's Ibrahimovic has asked his team-mates to sit back...

June 12, 2016 20:38 IST

‘The others can sit back, they can go on to the field and do their best. I am going to take the pressure off them’

‘I have the greatest share of the pressure, and it comes from myself’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

IMAGE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Sweden reacts. Photograph: Mikael Sjoberg/Ombrello/Getty Images.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was under pressure to perform well in Sweden's opening Euro 2016 game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday but that the greatest pressure came from himself.

Flanked by Sweden coach Erik Hamren, the 34-year-old captain fielded the lion's share of the questions at Sunday's media conference and said he was looking forward to getting involved in the tournament.

"I have the greatest share of the pressure, and it comes from myself," he told reporters. "The others can sit back, they can go on to the field and do their best. I am going to take the pressure off them."

Drawn with Belgium and Italy in Group E, the Swedes will be looking for a win in their opening game against the Irish which would give them a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

"We are not here to see others play football; we are going to do all we can to qualify," he told reporters.

Hamren said that his side had no injury worries ahead of the clash and that the full squad had taken part in all the training sessions since arriving in France last Wednesday.

Set to leave Paris on a free transfer this summer after four trophy-laden years at Paris Saint Germain, Ibrahimovic arrived in the French capital on Sunday hoping to help the Swedes do better than they did at Euro 2012, when they went home after the group stage.

"We want a good start and a good result tomorrow," Ibrahimovic said. "My goal is to enjoy it and do as well as I can.

"I feel strong, I have a good season behind me and hopefully I can take that with me (into the tournament)."

- Euro 2016 Coverage 

Euro 2016 Schedule

Source:
© Copyright 2019 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
SHARE THIS STORYCOMMENT