Iceland head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson has revealed that his team would play to its strengths when they face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their second Group D at the Volgograd Arena, Volgograd on Friday evening.
Iceland are known for their defensive solidity and effectiveness in set-pieces both in defence and attack, while Nigeria’s weakness at defending set-pieces has been well documented.
Hallgrimsson was speaking with FIFA TV ahead of the game with Nigeria. He said: “We are not of the opinion that we are at all better than Nigeria. We know our strengths, and need to make the best of them.”
“We have some players who are outstanding against Argentina that can help us in the kind of style we play. One of them is Aron Gunnarssson. He played well against Argentina despite the fact that he is just returning to action after an injury lay-off.
“Against Nigeria, he will definitely be fitter to play after playing for 90 minutes against Argentina.” He concluded.
World Cup first timers Iceland and Nigeria are still waiting for a first win at the tournament though the Europeans recorded a point in their opening game, an impressive 1-1 draw with former world champions Argentina.
Nigeria, on the other hand, lost 2-0 to Croatia in their tournament opener at the ongoing FIFA World Cup.