Sweden‘s national team coach, Erik Hamren believes that the team deserved at least a draw against Ukraine at the game from Monday, from Group D at the European Championships, but put the defeat with 2-1 on account of cowardice that Nordic have shown in the first half.
“The first half was boring. Players of both teams were nervous and have more mistakes. In the second half we started better, we were more accurate, went the ball faster on the offensive and we scored. Unfortunately, we were quickly matched. In the last 20 minutes, when we had nothing to lose, we have evolved as we wanted to do from the beginning. We deserved a draw”, said Erik Hamren, in the end of the game.
“Before the tournament we said we needed 11 players to the fullest, today there were only five or six. We do not have the level we wanted, I was wrong in the technical, tactical and courage. I can say that in the first half we were cowards”, said Sweden’s coach.
The coach said that he was expecting much more from his students, but the Swedes have to come together and understand what did not work, how to manage the current situation: “We need to think about now, because parties with England and France are still on. We have prepared well, but unfortunately there is a team competition. I am not satisfied with the performance of the Ukraine, I expected much more. Now, we gather, understand what has not worked. That’s the football, sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose and have to know how to deal with each situation.”