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April 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM

A stop and chat with Freddie Ljungberg, interview transcript

(Q: What did you think happened on that free kick?)
“I thought Tyrone got it. That’s what I thought from the way he celebrated. So that’s what I go for. But for me the most important thing is the delivery, that’s what I concentrate on. It came at the right place and Tyrone did his job.”
(Q: How rewarding was the goal after struggling on set pieces?)
“Of course it’s nice, but at the same time we scored on a corner in the first game. So it’s not been that bad, we’ve already scored two goals out of four on set pieces. But you always want to get better and work on it. Problem is we had a lot against New York, but it didn’t work. Then I started to move where I was hitting it, because I felt like we weren’t getting any success. We talked about just having one or two places to hit it, then it’s up to players to run in there and see what happens. We changed the tactics a little bit after New York.”

(Q: On how concerning the result was in Salt Lake…)
“It’s horrible to lose in the 94th minute, especially on a set piece and marking. That’s hard. But at the same time, they are the champions in America and in my opinion they probably play the best football. And they tried to keep the ball. It’s a difficult place to go to. I think last year we were really bad down there and that’s because they’re good. So it’s not bad, with a draw, but I feel like it’s like a loss with the way it ended up. It’s hard but it’s the way it is. You lose points here and there, and I would’ve like to have all three points.”
(Q: When do you get concerned over sluggish start?)
“For me, it’s not a sluggish start. If you look at how other teams have performed and we haven’t gone out and bought loads of players that we’re going to be 10 times better than everyone else. It was tight for us to go to the playoffs last season and it’s tight now as well. We played well at home against New York, who was very well organized. We still didn’t play bad, but I don’t think we’ve met a team that organized before, and I think that was a bit of a shock to us. And so we need to learn. I think we just need to keep on going. One-up at Salt Lake, I think most teams in the league would be extremely happy with that. I think we just keep on going. We need to practice on our passing game, it’s been off a little bit, but we’ve met teams that attack and play quite well, as well.”
(Q: Has there been improvement from game to game?)
“Yeah, we try to improve. Like when we went to Salt Lake, we played a more counterattacking style of football because we knew that they would probably have a lot of possession. And we did well. I think we had a couple of counterattacks where we maybe could’ve scored it we were a bit lucky.”


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