Euro 2022: How Sweden can hurt England in semi-final

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Beth Mead and Fridolina Rolfo
England’s Beth Mead (left) has 5 objectives and two assists within the event, whereas Sweden’s Fridolina Rolfo has one aim and one help

Whereas England are thought of favourites to ebook their place on the Euro 2022 remaining, standing of their manner is the highest-ranked group within the competitors.

Sweden, ranked second on this planet behind america, have reached back-to-back Olympic finals and gained bronze on the 2019 World Cup in France.

Peter Gerhardsson’s group even have historical past on their aspect, with the Lionesses profitable simply three of their 26 conferences in all competitions.

So what do England should be cautious of? Arsenal’s Swedish supervisor, Jonas Eidevall, takes a better search for BBC Sport at how the groups match up earlier than Tuesday’s semi-final.

What are Sweden’s greatest strengths?

Eidevall: We have now been spoiled by this Swedish group with nice outcomes over an extended time period so the expectations on this group are large.

To date, folks again house have been fairly crucial and need to see extra. However they’re within the semi-finals and I believe they’ve reached this stage in a manner they deserved to and in a managed manner – which is a energy.

The gamers and employees know they’ve one other degree to their recreation and in the event that they discover that towards England then they’ve a great probability of going via.

When Sweden are taking part in their greatest they’re a very good group on the counter-attack and are good at set-pieces. They might be the 2 major issues taking part in towards them.

England are additionally completely able to beating Sweden. It is a coin toss between them. It is 50-50 which group goes to advance.

Graphic showing Sweden's Euro 2022 results

Can Sweden blunt England’s assault?

Eidevall: England can harm Sweden via their wing play. That has been England’s robust level to this point within the event.

All three of England’s wingers have been key for them. It makes them so tough to play towards. Beth Mead, Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly are all wonderful one-v-one gamers and have wonderful crossing.

They’re so versatile – they will play on the precise or the left and are actually good at attacking from reverse wings when a cross is available in from the opposite aspect as a result of they wish to assault the field.

Every certainly one of them poses a number of threats. Due to the similarities they’ve, it places Sarina Wiegman in a great place the place she will be able to substitute them simply.

What are Sweden going to do to take care of the wing-play? I believe they’ll do what they did towards the Netherlands and revert again to a 5-4-1 formation.

They might double up on the triangles which have been very efficient for England to this point – the winger, the defensive midfielder and the full-back. That triangle could be lined by Sweden’s wing-back, vast ahead and central defender on both sides.

What England would wish to do is use their vast midfielder and centre-forward in a way more combinational manner than they’ve been compelled to earlier than to get the Sweden defence shifting.

Can Sweden’s Fridolina Rolfo enhance?

Fridolina Rolfo
Fridolina Rolfo is a ahead for Barcelona and a key participant in Sweden’s Euro 2022 squad

Eidevall: I can see Fridolina Rolfo stepping up towards England. After I mentioned I wished her to step up after the quarter-final, it was that I wished her to make use of her tempo and energy extra usually and higher.

Within the video games I’ve seen her in on the Euros, she is standing nonetheless an excessive amount of when she receives the ball. She is receiving it in tight areas the place she has a tough time accelerating.

She must discover a place that allows her to get into her pace and tempo extra usually and that will be to begin wider. That’s key.

When she is attacking at tempo she is without doubt one of the world’s greatest forwards and we have not actually seen it. We noticed glimpses of it when Sweden scored on the counter-attack towards Switzerland.

It is a mixture of your team-mates’ positioning, your personal and the place your opponents are. That is one half I believe she and Sweden have to put some work into.

The opposite half may maintain itself as a result of I believe the England recreation will contain extra defending for Sweden and subsequently will create more room after they win the ball. It may very well be that sort of recreation that may give Rolfo and different Swedish gamers that area.

Ought to in-form Russo begin for England?

Alessia Russo
England ahead Alessia Russo has scored three objectives as an alternative throughout the event

Eidevall: That is the place it relies on how you are attempting to learn the sport as a coach. Striker Ellen White has been part of the beginning XI and Alessia Russo has been part of the ending XI.

For those who have a look at the way it was divided towards Spain within the quarter-final, they principally performed 60 minutes every. It is probably not a desire of who you want greatest, it is about what qualities you need firstly of the sport and which of them you need on the finish of the sport.

I discover that’s actually fascinating if you have a look at group choice. I believe Wiegman likes to have extra of White’s qualities at first of the sport and extra of Russo’s on the finish of the sport.

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