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Zlatan vents anger during Euro 2012 defeat

12 Jun 2012, 13:24

Published: 12 Jun 2012 13:24 GMT+02:00

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A heated altercation is said to have taken place between Sweden’s captain Ibrahimovic and his first-half strike partner Markus Rosenberg.

Rosenberg has failed to score for his national side in five years, dating back to 2007, and was only drafted into the squad as a replacement for the more fancied John Guidetti, who was deemed unfit.

“We talked about our need to play better football,” Rosenberg said after the match, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

"There were too many long balls and the midfield did not come to support us up front enough. It was almost two of us against five [Ukrainian defenders].”

Much criticism has come in for the Swedish team’s tactical set-up in last night’s game, with Erik Hamren’s so-called attacking philosophy that he had promised seemingly abandoned in favour of a negative, counter-attacking style.

Zlatan would go to the ball and try to spread the play and I would get it right, but there was an ocean between the second and me and Zlatan,” a disconsolate Rosenberg added.

"There were too many long balls. It is not our way of playing football.”

The Werder Bremen striker insisted his crossed words with Ibrahimovic at the break were merely a footballing discussion, rather than a heated exchange.

“We are both from Malmö. It may look like we were arguing, but there is no problem,” he said.

Ibrahimovic went on to have words with coach Marcus Allbäck on the touchline following the final whistle, appearing increasingly animated at his frustration with his teammates.

“I spoke with all the players following the game, Zlatan was just one of them,” Allbäck insisted, according to Aftonbladet.

“I will not be telling the press what we discussed, but it's clear that it was heated. There were situations we discussed. He asked how we experienced these different situations, it was common talk.”

Ibrahimovic was brief in his post-match comments, clearly frustrated at the lack of support he felt the rest of his team offered him. Indeed, his reaction to Johan Elmander’s miss in the final few moments of the game was a look of daggers at his teammate.

“There is nothing good about losing the first match,” Ibrahimovic said in his press conference.

“Luckily we have two matches left in which I hope we do better than today. The first half was not as we usually play. In other periods, it was much better, we created more chances. I had a good first and felt in good nick. We were 1-0 up, but two goals against us lost the game.”

Head coach Hamren had a more reflective outlook on the game at the final whistle.

"The two teams were nervous at the start. Then we started the second half

well and scored. But unfortunately they soon levelled.

"The last 20 minutes we had nothing to lose and played well," Hamren said, according to the AFP news agency.

"I think a draw would have been a fair result as we had our chances.

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"We knew how they would play and it was our performance which was not up to

scratch. You need eleven players right on their game and we only had five or

six in the first half," said the 54-year-old - who has been in the post

since 2009.

"We knew the crosses would come in - and we were up against a super player in Shevchenko. Technically and tactically we didn't cut it. We should have scored with the good chances we had at the end."

Sweden must now take points off England in their second Group D game on Friday to salvage any hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Joe Lynskey/AFP

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14:40 June 12, 2012 by philster61
Boo hoo!!!! Win some lose some....
15:07 June 12, 2012 by Beavis
Hes one to complain- the whole team spend the game trying to put the ball in fonrt of donkey each match , he scores about 50% of them from 40cm out, misses 50% and falls over himself the rest of the time. Sweden play as a team and the better players shine like Larsson when Zlatan is off the ptich. Sweden will beat England if donkey aka Zlatan takes his place on the bench.. otherwise its an easy win for the English..Will be fun thoguh if Shrek is back for England for the Shrek vs Donkey battle..
15:41 June 12, 2012 by Brock_and_Roll
I have no particular axe to grind, but Zlatan a Donkey? Come off it!!!!

If you were a football-loving alien watching last night's game, it would be 100% clear that Zlatan's was far in the way the best player on the pitch. Obviously he has his height and physical strength, but he has skill, control and awareness as wall as that essential ability for strikers - to pop up in the right place as the right time to score goals - and if that's 1 metre out, so be it.

Frankly he is the perfect modern striker and his record for the top clubs in Europe proves this. The problem playing for an "average" team like Sweden is that his teammates seem to often to use him as an easy outlet - playing long balls up to him instead of passing / taking risks. Against better defences, Sweden will need more dimensions to their attacking play (and will need to defend better!)

If there is a downside to Zlatan perhaps its his perceived work rate - this may be one reason why he has never moved to the English Premier League....but if you play for Milan, Barcelona etc I doubt he is that bothered.

Is it just me or is it the case that if Zlatan was named Bjorn and was born in Uppsala, he would be the complete Swedish hero.........
16:13 June 12, 2012 by Mb 65
Zlatan is overpaid and useless. he should throw his boots away, and go and live on his island.
17:12 June 12, 2012 by nightwish
Personally i would have taken Rosenberg off at half time,pushed Toivonen up front alongside Ibrahimovic and brought on Wernbloom into midfield.
21:49 June 12, 2012 by Zero
Anyone else notice the only two Swedish players who didn't sing along with the national anthem were Zlatan and the black guy?
22:26 June 12, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Can we say "Drama Queen"?!!
00:15 June 13, 2012 by batista
I personally think that the formation the coach had was NOT good.

On top, I would put Zlatan as a striker and not someone behind the striker or number 10. Yes, he can give very good passes, but the guy is slow so you need someone quick and fast in the midfield.

Zlatan as striker and he should be surrounded by wing mates, who could provide him with headers.

Sweden has a good team, but the coach is not doing his job...
08:44 June 13, 2012 by Beavis
´Zlaten vents wind and teamates agree hes a selfish tosser who is not a team player and insist everyone put every forward pass to him so he can fluff 90% of them and score 10% of them (in front of empty nets, 30 cm out etc) Sweden have a chance, they have shown in the past they can play as a great team (eg winning against Holland) but only without donkey. He should be sent back to the stables!
09:49 June 13, 2012 by comentatir
If you blame Zlatan for the loss I say you know nothing about football! He was the only one standing on the Swedish along with Martin Olsson!

If you wanna blame someone blame this Lustig guy. He was such an amateur on the pitch. If you take the front post you take it and cover it, not just stand next to it and watch the ball go while covering your gentlemans region like an amateur teenager player!
10:29 June 13, 2012 by riose
Maybe Sweden should do like Barcelona, and leave Zlatan in the bench.
12:05 June 13, 2012 by alecLoTh
Calm down! He has a right to vent - he just lost a match in what for him are ever-thinning chances of representing his country or shaping his legacy. I'd be mad as hell too, and would scream to whoever was in ear. So get off your moral high horses, we need to express dissatisfaction, especially in a team - "nice teams don't win" so stop encouraging them to be nice and cuddly yo each other
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