Iceland trains under intense heat in Russia and avoids fear of Messi Our rival is Argentina
Making history, Iceland will compete in the World Cup for the first time in its history, and the debut will be against a giant. This Saturday (16), the Nordic team will face nothing less than Argentina, at 10am (Brasília time), in Spartak.
This Monday, the Icelanders trained under a strong heat above 30 C in Gelendzhik, something unusual for the players, used to the cold of the country. Work was done with the ball on a reduced field. The team's ace, shirt 10 Sigurdssón, trained separately, but he seems to have recovered from his knee injury.
After the activity, the players were asked about Lionel Messi, star of Argentina and one of the best players in the world, and preferred to take the focus off the ace. "We prefer not to think so much about how to stop Messi. The rival is Argentina," declared Gunnarsson.
It is not yet known which team Iceland should make their World Cup debut with. However, according to the Argentine newspaper Olé, the team must be: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Magnusson; Gudmundsson, Gunnarsson, Halfredsson and Bjarnason; Gylfi Sigurdsson and Finnbogason.