World Cup: Martin Dahlin confident Sweden will book finals berth
Martin Dahlin believes Sweden will turn around a one-goal deficit against Portugal to book their place at Brazil 2014.
Last Updated: 19/11/13 10:38am
Sweden trail to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal from the first leg in Lisbon last Friday but Dahlin is confident home advantage will be key in the return at Friends Stadium in Stockholm.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, the former Blackburn striker who scored 29 goals in 60 appearances for his country, said: "We are still very positive.
"Although we lost the first game everybody is looking forward to this one and we still believe we have a chance to turn it around.
"We played well in the first game, especially the defence, although we could have asked for a little bit more at the other end of the pitch.
"It will be disappointing that one of Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be at the finals as they are world class players and I would love to have them both there.
"Unfortunately that will not happen so hopefully it will be the Swedish team and Ibrahimovic who will be in Brazil."
Despite being confident of progression, Dahlin admits the Swedes will have to improve on last week's showing to guarantee their place among the game's elite next summer.
He said: "We have to go forward more and we have to score goals, but we have to do it in a controlled way.
"That said, I am very positive that we will score a couple of goals and hopefully keep a clean sheet.
"I think Elmander will score one goal and Ibrahimovic will score one goal and that will be it... 2-0."
Check out if Martin's predicitions are spot on live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm this evening