Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic revealed this Thursday at the end of the game against Georgia (1-0), the first in his return to the national team after five years, that he had sung the words of the Swedish anthem for the first time because of a promise to the coach , Jan “Janne” Andersson.
“I had promised Janne that I would sing. I have learned the lyrics, “he said after the match played at the Friends Arena in Stockholm to channel C More Ibrahimovic, that never in his previous 116 games with Sweden had he done it with” Du gamla, du fria “(You old, you free ), the anthem of Sweden.
“Ibra”, who at 39 years old surpasses goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli as the oldest player to represent Sweden, admitted that it had taken him a bit to adjust to the team’s way of playing.
“I am new to this system, I have to adapt. We made too many small mistakes. If we minimize them, we will be more dangerous in attack ”, he affirmed.
The top scorer in the history of his team, with 62 goals, was not entirely satisfied with the performance of his team and admitted that they had “lacked” something and that if they had not respected the rival so much and would have put more pressure on them, they could have created more chances, although he pointed out that the important thing was to have won.
Regarding his assistance in the only Swedish goal, Ibrahimovic assured that Claesson had told him before the game that he would be behind him when he received, so he knew where the Krasnodar player was despite receiving from behind.
“Ibra” defined as “good” his connection with Isak, whom he praised for his speed, his success in finding spaces and his technique.
“It was not an easy game for us, they squeezed us in the middle and we did not get many balls, but we scored a goal,” said Ibrahimovic about the victory, which places Sweden as the leader of group B qualifying for Qatar 2022, ahead from Spain and Greece, both with a point.