Divided loyalties for Sweden Spurs
Fri 06 July 2018, 17:44|Tottenham Hotspur
Spare a thought for our Official Sweden Spurs Supporters Club.
Long-standing member Mathias Bridfelt, the club’s Head of Communications and Marketing, admits his fellow fans are split when it comes to Sweden’s World Cup quarter-final against England in Russia on Saturday (3pm UK).
Loyalties are certainly divided for the Swedish Spurs with up to five of our players possibly playing against their nation – Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier.
“You can’t imagine how difficult this is, it’s the worst nightmare of all nightmares,” said Mathias, pictured at the top of the page doing his best Harry Kane pose.
“We’d looked through the schedule and believed England would win their group and therefore not come into Sweden’s half of the draw, but now we’ve ended up together.
“We have 3,000 registered Spurs fans on our forum on Facebook and it’s quite divided.
“There are a big amount of Spurs fans who want England to win because of the Spurs connection. The majority have to take Sweden though. It’s tough, I’d say 4-3 to Sweden and Harry Kane scores a hat-trick. How about that?”
Mathias is expecting a close encounter for a place in the semi-finals – and he’s well-placed to tell us about Sweden.
“You can expect a resilient defence and a team that’s very hard to break down,” he said. “It will be tough for England to score in normal time.
“It will probably be 1-1 and go to penalties and I think Sweden would then lose on penalties because England have so many better goalscorers.
“It will be tough for England though. Sweden have done well against England in the last 15, 20 years.
“The rational thinking is that we want Sweden to win but the emotional pull to Spurs means we want to see those players do well. I guess we can’t win, can’t lose. It’s mixed emotions either way!”