Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that since his retirement from international football has allowed Sweden to play without pressure.
Former Sweden skipper scored 62 goals in 116 national-team appearances during his 15-year-old career with the national team before Ibrahimovic quit playing for his country after Euro 2016.
Sweden must face Italy in a two-legged playoff to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, but the 36-year-old has insisted that Blagult are
now considered as underdogs against many of the top nations in world football.
Ibrahimovic quoted by Sky Sports Italia saying: "Sweden are playing without pressure, because since I left, nobody expects much of them now, from the media to the fans. When I play, the level is raised, so it is lowered in my absence.
"Having said that, this squad remains a good collective, just with less responsibility on their shoulders. The players are not very experienced, but the project is ambitious."
Manchester United forward Ibrahimovic is expected to return from a knee injury in December.