Messi the following star in Iceland’s sights after shutting out ‘pissed off’ Ronaldo | Soccer


Johann Gudmundsson hopes Iceland can preserve a lid on Lionel Messi of their World Cup opener, after scary the ire of Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2016.

Of their maiden look at a serious worldwide event two years in the past, Iceland earned a 1-1 draw from a conflict with Ronaldo’s eventual champions, drawing a annoyed response from the Actual Madrid famous person.

Ronaldo criticised his opponents’ defensive techniques and dismissed their strategy as one among a staff with a “small mentality”.

Now getting ready for his or her first World Cup, Iceland face Argentina and Messi, Ronaldo’s long-time rival within the quest to be recognised as the best participant on the planet.

Gudmundsson and his team-mates tackle Jorge Sampaoli’s males of their Group D opener on Saturday, and the Burnley winger is asking on reminiscences of Ronaldo’s tantrum as inspiration forward of a gathering with Messi.

“He was clearly p***** off as a result of they could not rating a second towards us,” Gudmundsson stated. “It was our first recreation in a serious event and so they could not beat Iceland so it was not good for them. He is a winner so he received a bit offended.

“It is going to be robust to play towards him [Messi] however so long as he’s annoyed and may’t rating, we’re comfortable. Let’s simply go on the market and attempt to beat them and make him much more offended [than Ronaldo was].

“When the draw was made I stated I needed Brazil or Argentina and we received one among them. Within the first recreation within the Euros we performed Ronaldo and now it is Messi. We stored Ronaldo fairly quiet so hopefully will do the identical with Messi.

“We all know we’re most likely going to be defending lots of the time and Messi can flip it on however we simply need to see the place it takes us.

“Attacking clever they’re one among finest in event however they’ve a number of in defence who’re perhaps not on the highest stage like their attackers so hopefully we use that to our benefit.

“That is going to be larger than the Euros however I believe we’ll know extra what is going on to occur now that we did not know in France. I believe that can assist us a bit.”

After dealing with Argentina, Iceland transfer on to clashes towards Nigeria and Croatia.

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