Marcus Berg: “I almost felt a bit of panic” | Allsvenskan
Sebastian Eriksson, who was one of IFK Göteborg’s best players during the spring, was forced to leave just before the break in the last meeting with AIK (2-2). It stuck in the calf and this week he underwent an MRI examination. He didn’t practice on Friday and most things say that he won’t come to the game against Hammarby on Sunday afternoon.
– I have no real status there. We communicate via the website when we feel we have all the information, says coach William Lundin.
Marcus Berg has been sick and jumped in for the last 30 minutes against AIK, but he was not really recognizable and looked noticeably taken.
– It’s hard to explain, I almost felt a bit of panic. It’s probably a combination of having some shit and just lying in bed and not exercising. But I didn’t get a reaction afterwards, says the team captain, who during Friday trained fully again.
– I think it’s going in the right direction, it’s positive. I was able to take a few runs and get my heart rate up a bit. I just have a little whooping cough now and I’m almost a hundred.
Can’t blame the kids
He is still on penicillin but doesn’t know exactly what it was he contracted.
– It was just ordinary shit.
The children who brought something home?
– No, I won’t blame them. I have to take that on myself. They are healthy and well.
Linus Carlstrand, 18, replaced his twice-aged teammate last time and made his starting debut in the Allsvenskan. There were no goals, but he created a couple of chances in the second half.
– Great fun to see, he did a hell of a job. AIK away is a tough match with tough defenders. It is a difficult role against a five-back line, but Linus grew into it and contributed both defensively and offensively, says Berg.
After four straight losses, IFK Göteborg now has four straight without a loss, but only one win.
– We have a feeling in the group that we are on the way. It’s a security, I think, that we’re on the right track and doing a lot of good things. It’s about getting the whole thing together and we rub a lot every day, but the stability and the offensive looks better and better. Much is positive, but it is important to take three points. Individual mistakes happen in football, but we have been severely punished, says Marcus Berg.
Hammarby has also started the season sluggishly and has collected ten points in eight games, four more than IFK Göteborg. But despite that, interest in the match is sky high and Gamla Ullevi is completely sold out, which means around 17,000 spectators.
– Powerful, you get shivers just thinking about it. There is always a great atmosphere at Ullevi, the magic that our fans create together with us is something we have to take with us when we face tough opposition. It’s about three points and the supporters see that we try to do things as well as we can, says Marcus Berg.
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