Iceland coach Lars Lagerbäck is “arguably the best international coach in Europe over the past 15 years,” according to British newspaper the Guardian.
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In an interview published in the paper yesterday, Lagerbäck named two Icelandic players as being instrumental in Iceland’s successful campaign: Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen, the 35-year-old who spent two years at Bolton and six at Chelsea and now plays for Club Brugge, and Tottenham Hotspur’s Gylfi Sigurðsson.
According to Lageräck, Guðjohnsen has a wonderful “football eye.” “He wasn’t with us in the first year as he had a serious injury but then he came back in the autumn,” Lagerbäck said. “And since then he has been very professional and a very positive person in the group and he has an extremely good ‘football eye.’” he told the Guardian.
“Gylfi, meanwhile, can definitely go very far. He has been outstanding this autumn. He has been good throughout the qualifying tournament but taken another step up. He is a unique player for me when he gets a central role, and he doesn’t have that at Tottenham, but he is a fantastically good football player. He is an extreme team player and can work very, very hard for the entire 90 minutes so for Iceland he is worth his weight in gold.”