Zlatan Ibrahimovic has conceded he feels under pressure to perform to the best of his ability if Sweden (5/4 To Score First) are to progress out of Group D at Euro 2012. Sweden are underdogs in the group, with England and France to beat if they are to negotiate their passage into the quarter-finals.
Imbrahimovic (6/1 To Score First) is one of the most experienced players in the Sweden camp and he believes it is crucial for his own performance to be at its peak. "I feel lot of pressure," said Ibrahimovic. "Wherever I come to play, even at club level, I have that responsibility. like to play under pressure; it means I have something to play for. It makes you go on and never makes you relaxed. I like that situation and I'm under it now."
Sweden (2/1 To Beat Ukraine) coach Erik Hamden has been criticized for not playing football in the usual Swedish style but Ibrahimovic (40/1 To Score A Hat-Trick) was quick to jump to his boss's defence, saying: "We're here because we're good, no team has got here by luck. We're doing what we're good at and the coach has been doing excellent work. He's put the team together in a good way and he's trying to develop us. We're trying to develop his ideas. Sweden hasn't played like this for a long time. It's not the traditional Swedish type of football we're playing right now."