Sweden’s captain: Can’t copy Mexico
Sweden: According to Captain Andreas Granqvist, Germany’s opponent will have to play the world champion with a different approach to Mexico. “We can’t play like Mexico, we have other types of players. We have to play as we did last against Italy and France, stand compactly and create opportunities with the ball – and keep it as long as possible,” said the 33-year-old before the duel in Sochi on Saturday evening. The 0:1 of the DFB selection in the opening game surprised him. “Germany was very offensive. That surprised me a little. I thought they had more balance on the team. But they will change that against us.” Sweden won their home FIFA World Cup qualifying match against France 2-1 in June 2017 and beat Italy in the playoffs. The first group match in Russia was won by the team with a 1-0 win over South Korea.
DFB team: National team manager Oliver Bierhoff has warned against too much hecticness and unrest before the second group match at the World Cup in Russia on Saturday against Sweden. “Bierhoff said on Wednesday at the DFB press conference in Sochi: “We have the skills, we don’t have to doubt it. But we have to win, that’s one thing. This is gonna be a tough fight and certainly not a hooray game.”
Sepp Blatter: Former Fifa President Joseph Blatter has spoken out in favour of England bidding for the World Cup together with other nations from the United Kingdom. “One day the World Cup was to return to England, definitely. But they won’t be alone,” said the former head of the international football association to the AP news agency during his visit to the World Cup in Moscow. Together there is “a better chance”. After the 2026 World Cup was awarded to the USA, Mexico and Canada, the English association has not yet officially announced a bid for the tournament four years later.