Leeds ace Jansson reveals obsession of former manager ahead of November reunion
By Danny Wright
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has revealed that his former Torino manager Gian Piero Ventura has an obsession with tactics, so much so that he felt he was a bit too over the top.
Ventura spent five years at the helm at Torino before he was made Italy manager last year, and in November Jansson will be reunited with his old boss when Sweden face the Italians in a 2018 World Cup qualifier play-off.
The 26-year-old centre-back has never played against his former boss, but is relishing the challenge.
“There is so much tactics with him, meetings and theory.
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“That is too much. But I learned a lot from him.
He added: ”In one case, it is very good to meet him (Ventura).
“But for Sweden, one should remember that Italy is a very tough opponent.”
Leeds ace Jansson has played a part in Sweden’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer, but was not involved in their last two matches against Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
The Elland Road favourite’s last competitive game for his nation came in March when he completed 90 minutes in the 4-0 mauling of Belarus.
France won Group A in the European qualifiers, but Sweden did well to see of the Netherlands to secure a play-off spot.
However the Italians will no doubt prove to be a massive challenge for the Scandinavian nation and especially Jansson, who has admitted that his form hasn’t been at the best level possible in recent fixtures at club level.
In other Leeds United news, this midfield mainstay has suffered an injury blow ahead of Saturday’s clash with Bristol City.