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Sweden drills dead ball situations, Ibrahimovic sits out practice ahead of Euro 2008 opener

Sweden drills dead ball situations, Ibrahimovic sits out practice ahead of Euro 2008 opener

Sweden hopes to surprise Greece on free kicks and corners on Tuesday in their European Championship opener.
The Swedes practiced dead-ball situations in a closed session Saturday because they didn't want to give the Greeks any clues.
"We have a couple of options that we don't want them to know about," Sweden coach Lars Lagerback said.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of Sweden's free kick takers, did not take part in the session, but was in the weight room building up strength as he recovers from a swollen knee, Lagerback said. He said the Inter Milan striker may not be fit to play the full match against Greece.
"It's hard to say whether he's ready for 90 minutes at full speed. I think he's getting closer and closer," Lagerback said.
Greece and Sweden have similar styles of play, centered on a tight defense. Scoring opportunities may be few and far between so taking full advantage of free kicks and corners could be key to winning the match.
Lagerback wouldn't say which players will take Sweden's free kicks, but center back Olof Mellberg hinted the top choices are the hard-hitting Ibrahimovic and Kim Kallstrom from long distances, and the more precision-oriented Anders Svensson and Sebastian Larsson from up close.
"It's good to have the opportunity to use both," Mellberg said.
Another possibility is veteran striker Henrik Larsson, who kept relatively quiet when asked about Saturday's session.
"This was the first closed training session, so I can't say much about it," Larsson said. "It gives you time to look at certain things, you talk a bit louder because normally there's always a lot of media there looking, filming.
"Plus, there's probably one or two spies watching how we train. So it's quite important with closed training sessions."


Updated : 2021-08-04 11:04 GMT+08:00