Victor Lindelof and Anthony Elanga show support for Sweden manager Janne Andersson
Sweden needed to beat Slovenia in last night’s UEFA Nations League to avoid relegation from the competition’s League B groups.
But Andersson’s side could only salvage a point at the Friends Arena with Emil Forsberg cancelling out a stunning Slovenia opener from Benjamin Sesko, who was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United prior to agreeing a move to RB Salzburg’s sister club RB Leipzig.
The 1-1 draw against Slovenia came three days after Sweden were taken apart by Serbia and beaten 4-1.
Sweden have managed only two wins during the calendar year, which includes a 2-0 victory over Slovenia in the UEFA Nations League in June. That was their only win of this edition of the tournament.
After failing to beat Slovenia and finishing bottom of their group, Sweden have been relegated to League C of the UEFA Nations League.
Victor Lindelof and Anthony Elanga show their support for Sweden manager Janne Andersson
Despite failing to qualify for this winter’s World Cup and enduring a five-match winless streak, both Lindelof and Elanga believe that Andersson can turn the nation’s fortunes around.
Lindelof, who is the captain of the Sweden national side, told Aftonbladet: “We all have very, very high confidence in Janne.”
Elanga, who came off the bench in both of this month’s international fixtures, said: “We’ve had a tough time, but we can’t just complain about Janne.
“We win together and lose together. We just have to check what we did wrong and do better in the future.”
Despite showing his support for his national team boss, the 20-year-old couldn’t hide his disappointment at not starting for his country.
Speaking to Fotbollskanalen, the pacey winger said: “You’re always disappointed when you’re not allowed to start, but I can’t control it.
“It is up to the leaders who choose the team, they think what is the best and who they believe is the best. For me, it’s just performing when I’m on the field and doing what I can for 20 minutes.”