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Hamrén lauds Durmaz and Sweden's new boys

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén was full of praise for goalscorer Jimmy Durmaz after his side's win against Liechtenstein, who twice conceded unluckily according to boss René Pauritsch.

Hamrén lauds Durmaz and Sweden's new boys
Hamrén lauds Durmaz and Sweden's new boys ©UEFA.com

Sweden coach Erik Hamrén praises new boys in national side
Opposite number René Pauritsch rues "unlucky" goals conceded
Goalscorer Jimmy Durmaz delighted with three points 
Match report: Sweden 2-0 Liechtenstein
Next games: Montenegro v Sweden, Moldova v Liechtenstein (15 November)

Erik Hamrén, Sweden coach
It was a game we were supposed to win and we did, so I am satisfied. We were disciplined in defence and we created chances and showed a good spirit. I think we could have kept pressing them even harder in the second half; maybe our early goal made us a bit comfortable. I am very satisfied with the defence, both today and against Russia. They showed discipline and loyalty in both matches. The new players are all making progress every day; I am talking about Nabil Bahoui, Emil Forsberg and Branimir Hrgota. Jimmy Durmaz has been here a bit longer and today he was man of the match.

I am very happy with these players; they are here to stay. During the whole match, regardless of who was on the pitch, we created many good chances. We can be a bit critical, however, because with this many chances we should have scored more goals. With Zlatan Ibrahimović on the pitch, I am sure we would have. The next match is against Montenegro and that is not easy. I am not only counting Russia and Austria as our rivals for qualification – as I see it, we are four teams competing, Montenegro included.

Jimmy Durmaz struck after half-time
Jimmy Durmaz struck after half-time©AFP/Getty Images

Jimmy Durmaz, Sweden midfielder
Of course we always want to score more goals, but it is difficult against an opponent like this. They stay with 11 players around the box to protect the goal. We created chances to score more, but at least we got two. It is important to win the three points. I do not remember what preceded my goal. I just remember seeing the ball free and thinking that I just had to put it in.

We were never worried. We had said to each other: "If we get an early goal, that's a bonus." The most important thing was getting the three points. After the first goal, we lost the tempo for a bit. Everyone wanted the ball at their feet and was not willing to run into spaces. But then from the start of the second half we raised the tempo and scored again.

René Pauritsch, Liechtenstein coach
I am never satisfied when we lose, but, of course, the performance can be good anyway. Sweden were better, but this time I think we conceded both goals a bit unluckily, the first one deflected off our player and the second one was a mistake from the goalkeeper. We did not take into consideration whether Ibrahimović was about to play or not. We faced Sweden, with or without Zlatan. Are Sweden or Russia favourites in the group? It is a very difficult question. Both teams have their strengths. Ibrahimović is one of Sweden's.

Daniel Kaufmann, Liechtenstein defender
Sweden's performance was very good. They had the ball and we had to work. It was very difficult to play against them. The next game is against Moldova. We will try to play a little bit better; maybe we can score a goal or get a draw. I think we have progressed as a team. We gained a lot of confidence after the 0-0 against Montenegro.