5/24/2018 11:34:20 AM (GMT+3)

We made a lot of mistakes in 1990 World Cup: Nilson

We made a lot of mistakes in 1990 World Cup: Nilson

NEW DELHI: Roland Nilsson, one of the legends in the 1994 Sweden squad, said beating South Korea in their opening match could propel Janne Andersson’s side onwards.

“I think the first game will be important. Get a good start, build some momentum and you never know,” said Nilsson, who is the current coach of his country’s U-21 side.

Sweden’s 1994 World Cup team, which finished third, had the attacking flair of Tomas Brolin, Martin Dahlin, Henrik Larsson, but the current side relies heavily on organisation and team spirit.

“We have a good, hard-working side. They did brilliantly to come through that play-off against Italy. It will be tough for them to match what we did in 94, but if they can get the right blend and enjoy a bit of luck and a good start, they can do well.”

After the 1994 World Cup, Nilson returned home as a national hero, having guided his side which outscored everyone en route to finishing third.

“In 1990, we made a lot of mistakes. There are lots of things you need to get right, on and off the field, at a World Cup, but we got too many wrongs in Italy. By the time the next tournament, we were motivated. The 1994 edition was totally different for us. We were spot-on and players were able to focus on the game,” recalled Nilsson.

Team coach Andersson is vastly experienced who rose to prominence by leading IFK Norrkoping to a surprise Allsvenskan title win in 2015. After taking charge of the national team in the wake of EURO 2016, he rejuvenated the side and led them to a famous World Cup play-off win over Italy. (FIFA.com)