Kluivert: Great Team Play Will Make Iceland Tough Opponent In Russia

Netherlands legend Patrick Kluivert says Iceland’s collective style of play would make them very difficult to beat at this 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Iceland will be making their debut at the World Cup and are in Group D with Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia.

They will kick-off their campaign against Argentina on June 16.

Kluivert whose only World Cup appearance for Netherlands was France 1998 where they finished fourth (scoring two goals), reckons that Iceland make up their lack of great individual talents with a strong unit.

“We’ve seen what Iceland are capable of: they don’t have individual match-winners, but they’ve got that collective spirit,” Kluivert told FIFA.com.

“They have something special, a real togetherness, and they make up for their shortcomings by battling hard on the pitch. They can win matches that way; they’ve already proven that.”

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Kluivert who scored the only goal when Ajax pipped AC Milan 1-0 in the final of the 1995 UEFA Champions League, states that the likes of Spain, Brazil and Argentina will be very strong in attack while hoping to watch an exciting tournament.

“It’s always a pleasure for me and everyone else to watch the best players contesting a World Cup. We’re looking forward to some great matches. I think we’re going to see an entertaining World Cup with a lot of attacking football,” the former Barcelona striker said.

“Teams like Germany, Brazil, Spain and Argentina are going to attack because in their minds, the most important thing will be getting through to the next round. But the sides who aren’t under any pressure are also going to attack because they’ve got nothing to lose.”

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