Sweden Coach, Anderson: We Lost To Better Team England Who Can Win This World Cup

Sweden Coach, Anderson: We Lost To Better Team England Who Can Win This World Cup

Sweden coach Hanna Anderson admits his side were not at their best in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to England at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

A goal in each half from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli secured a semi-final berth for England at the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Anderson also admitted his side failed to create chances against a five-man back line England lined up in the encounter.

“I’m not sure anything went wrong as such. We were faced with a really good opponent and we didn’t reach peak performance,” Anderson said in his post-match conference.

“The margins are quite small. It’s difficult to create opportunities against a team that is playing a five-man defence.”

“There were very few openings generally from the English side. We were faced with a good team, England were the best team today.

“It’s not always something goes wrong, sometimes your opponent is better. I have the greatest respect for them, and congratulations to England.

“Yes I definitely believe England are good enough to win the World Cup. They are forceful, well-organised. I want to pay tribute to the team and the coach. They are a good football side and they don’t give a lot away. I believe that they are perfectly able to go all the way.

“You can always do things differently, you can always handle things in a different way. The first goal is going to be an important one in a match like this.

“There’s no question about that. We had an excellent opportunity to score the equalising goal at the beginning of the second half.

“I think we’ve performed beautifully to get this far, we were faced with tough opponents every single match. I wanted to try and gather all the players out on the pitch after the game, we were sad and disappointed, but we need to remember we put in a good performance.

“We want to say thank you to all our supporters who came here and supported us in the stadium. That’s what I told my players straight after the match.”

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