Norway fails to start in international footballl. Despite having two great Premier League stars, Martin Odegaard (Arsenal) and Erling Haaland (Manchester City), the Nordic team is about to be left out of another great tournament such as the Euro Cup in 2024.
Despite having these players, in addition to Sorloth (Villarreal) or Aursnes (Benfica), Norway will be eliminated if they lose this Sunday against Spain and a draw would also virtually leave them out. They also could not play in the Euro 2021 or the 2022 Qatar World Cup..
His chances of going to the playoffs were squandered in their UEFA Nations League group by finishing second behind Serbia.
Martin Odegaard appeared at a press conference and admitted that “I don’t have a clear answer” to this situation, although he does not throw in the towel and stressed that “all is not lost yet” in reference to the option of winning the two remaining games against Spain and Scotland in Glasgow.
Odegaard understands that in this classification they are paying “the bad start of the group with the matches against Scotland and Georgia“, but sees the future with optimism: “We are growing, improving and learning“. Another factor for hope is “having the best in the world”, as he described Erling Halaand.
Norway is still a young team and they cling to the good results of the lower teams to believe that they can consolidate. The under-19 team, for example, reached the semifinals of the last European Championship, where they lost to Portugal
Without resentment against Madrid
Regarding his time at Real Madrid, he did not show any resentment for having left without having many opportunities. “I won’t say anything bad about Madrid. It was a good experience. It made me grow as a player and person. “It meant a lot to me and I think I left at the right time.”
On a personal level, the midfielder insisted that “I have no desire for revenge” for facing a Spanish team and if it weren’t for his time in LaLiga “I wouldn’t have reached the level I currently have.”
The coach, forceful
For his part, the coach, Stale Solbakken, was not as conscientious as Odegaard and stated that “our situation is disappointing“The results have left us in a very compromised position.”
Solbakken, despite this, believes that Norway can beat Spain because “at home we showed that we can have good phases of the game”although he praised De la Fuente’s team because “they are a team that controls the ball well and is aggressive in recovering.”
Of his team he said he had “to two players with colds”, but he is confident that he will have the entire squad available against Spain.