Angelo Palmeri from Stockholm
Magnus Pehrsson spoke to the press at the Radisson Waterfron Hotel and explained the reason why he called up Dmitri Kruglov, who was already with the team on Monday and Tuesday simply for training practice: ‘I wanted to have him in the trainings and be part of the national team’ explained the Swedish coach. ‘Then I decided to include him also in the games list. He played 25 minutes with Levadia, I wanted to give him a prize.’ Kruglov scored also a goal in the 4-1 win.
What is the plan against Sweden tomorrow? ‘We studied Sweden’ explained Pehrsson ‘the way they play. The principles for us will be similar to what we have done before (during the summer –edit),’ hinting at ball possession and try to make the ball move quickly. An awkward task against Sweden.
Why Estonia chose such a strong opponent to prepare to Euro qualifiers debut? ‘One reason we chose Sweden it is also because I am Swedish and they offered this possibility and I was positive about it’ confessed the Estonian coach. ‘Our defence will be challenged.’
Finally, he spoke also about his family’s emotions in seeing own husband/father working against his home country: ‘I think for my wife and kids will be a different feeling.’ However, the Lindingö-born coach thinks they will still be on his and the Estonian side.