World Cup 2018: England v Colombia, Switzerland v Sweden buildup – live!

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Vidyanshu Mishra emails: “Wondering if Spain’s football chief’s decision to sack Julen Lopetegui was a good idea? How far you can expect a team to go if you change the manager just before tournament and appoint someone with far less experience and completely different tactics. For sure it conveyed the message that such unethical and disloyal behaviour by a manager will not be accepted but whether it was more important than performance of the team is a point that should be discussed.”

This, by Sid Lowe, may contain some answers:

Related: ‘They took our leader away’ – how Spain’s World Cup unravelled | Sid Lowe

From a Swedish dependance to an Australia one – that of outcome dependency. They may be long gone from the tournament, but the Socceroos’ failed campaign is still being dissected. Here, Ante Jukic expresses his fears that, despite the flaws highlighted in Russia, nothing will change once incoming coach Graham Arnold takes over the reins.

Related: Australia’s dependency on outcomes is hurting the Socceroos | Ante Jukic

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Written by Mike Hytner
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jul/03/world-cup-2018-england-v-colombia-switzerland-v-sweden-buildup-live under the title “World Cup 2018: England v Colombia, Switzerland v Sweden buildup – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.