Italy haven't missed the World Cup since 1958 - which in the case of this tie was ironically hosted in Sweden - and if they fail to qualify here it would be nothing short of a disaster for their national team program.
The 27 year-old proved the matchwinner on the night. Nobody can be surprised we reached this point. It would take nothing or add anything to what I have already done.
"We started out with people talking about the apocalypse".
Sweden did not shine at all in the first leg but did manage to get the favorable 1-0 win with a goal by Jakob Johansson off the bench.
"We analyzed the things that went well and others that did not go so well".
He told the Croydon Advertiser: "Wherever I play is wherever I play, I don't have any arguments where I play at Palace".
Sweden leads 1-0 from first leg and going through as it stands.
"Individuals playing are irrelevant, it's about the team and the overall approach", said Ventura. "I know that's how it works when you are coach of the national team although I didn't expect it to be quite like this".
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Buffon, who is retiring at the end of the season, says that while there is tension ahead of the game, it's good tension.
"It is an important game for the history of our national team. Sweden are a solid side and their behaviour will make little difference, it all depends on us", he said.
"It would not change anything to play for one or two more years".
And captain Andreas Granqvist believes they can cause a big upset on front of over 65,000 Italian fans in the San Siro.
Hodgson would like to sign three players in January to help Palace escape their current rut as they prepare relegation battle. "Italy are a great nation that has nearly always played the World Cup. We have nothing to lose and we will go onto the pitch to give a great performance".
Sweden coach Janne Andersson.