Ibrahimovic: 'Sweden under less pressure without me' - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/11/2017

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.