Belfast Telegraph

'Everything is possible' says Hamren ahead of Italy test

By Adam McKendry

Sweden manager Erik Hamren has claimed that "everything is possible" ahead of their Group E clash with Italy.

Antonio Conte's men will be favourites when the two sides meet in Toulouse, especially after their surprise 2-0 win over Belgium on Monday.

On the other hand, the Swedes were perhaps lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw from their clash with the Republic of Ireland having been second best on the day.

Hamren knows that the Italians will not afford them as many chances, but believes his side still have every chance of winning.

He said: "Everything is possible when it comes to football. We need to succeed more than we fail.

"We need to be efficient because we won't get many chances. It's all about being wise and running right."

Italy could qualify for the knockouts of the tournament with a game to spare should they win, despite most pundits ruling them out as potential contenders.

Hamren admits that their opponents may not have the intimidating squad they had in previous years, but he knows they are in for a tough game. "Italy have impressed me," he claimed.

"They don't have as many stars as in previous tournaments but they have a very strong team."

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