Sweden also feels pressure on its visit to Georgia. The Scandinavian team did not expect to be the leader two days after concluding the qualifying phase for the World Cup, but now they have a shot at winning first place in Group B and reaching Qatar 2022 on the fast track. Janne Andersson’s men have two points more than Spain, against whom the first place in Group B should be played next Sunday. That provided that the forecasts are met and the Red does not fail against Greece. The Swedish team does have a slight margin of error, which in case of a tie today (6:00 p.m.) would arrive in Seville depending on itself to obtain the long-awaited classification. Not with a loss to a Georgia that only struggles not to finish last in the group.
Sweden comes to the event encouraged by their classification and by the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. At 40, the Milan star returned to the national team last March, five years after leaving it, but then missed the Eurocup and subsequent qualifying matches through injury. Recovered for the cause, the Swedish star will be one of the attractions of the game, although Andersson played the misconception about whether or not he will start. “He’s looked amazingly good,” he said Monday. Like Luis Enrique, the Swedish coach is focused on today’s game and does not think about the appointment of La Cartuja. “For me now it’s about Georgia, it’s the only thing I think about. If we start looking at Spain and fail against Georgia, it will be bad for us, “he said.
With 8 warned
Against Georgia, Albin Ekdal, one of the two starting midfielders, will not be able to play due to suspension, and eight other players would miss the duel against Spain if they see yellow card today, including several starters such as Ludwig Augustinsson, Kristoffer Olsson, Alexander Isak, Emil Krafth and Victor Lindelöf. Despite this, Andersson assured that he will not reserve any player thinking of the Red. “We will bring out the best team there,” insisted the Scandinavian coach.
Georgia: Loria; Kakabadze, Khocholava, Kashia; Lobjanidze, Gvilia, Kvekveskiri, Azarovi; Tsitaishvili, Okriashvili, Kvaratskhelia
Sweden: Olsen; Krafth, Nilsson, Milosevic, Augustinsson; Kulusevski, Olsson, Svanberg, Forsberg; Quaison, Gyokeres
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (Netherlands)
Stadium: AdjaraBet Arena