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Sif Atladottir believes Iceland’s younger generation will be key against France

Iceland full-back Sif Atladottir has highlighted the technical skill of her nation’s younger era of gamers as key to getting a end result towards France of their ultimate Euro 2022 group fixture on Monday night.

Iceland’s squad for this summer time’s event is an actual mixture of youth and expertise. Atladottir is one in all 9 gamers aged 30 or older, whereas wingers Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir and Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir are aged 21 and 20, and have been instrumental for his or her aspect to this point with their trickery and creativity down both flank.

The pair each play their home soccer within the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, and Atladottir defined that having Icelandic gamers in high European leagues is vastly helpful for the nationwide group.

“I believe our younger era is a bit totally different from perhaps the final era that has performed towards France,” Atladottir instructed 90min FR.

“Our younger era is technically higher in some ways and the younger gamers are going overseas in order that they’re studying faster within the skilled sport and better leagues. I believe a certain quantity of velocity and soccer intelligence will accompany the trouble from us.

“So I believe that might be key for us to make use of our strengths; our technicalities and abilities of the youthful era so I believe it will likely be a enjoyable match as much as play.”

Iceland should beat France – who’ve already certified for the quarter finals as group winners – on Monday to ensure their development to the knockout phases. A draw may be sufficient, ought to Belgium and Italy additionally draw within the group’s different fixture.

Atladottir pointed to the power of the French sport domestically to elucidate the plethora of world class expertise that France have at their disposal.

“Lyon and PSG have been high groups for a few years in Europe,” she added. “I believe France, with Lyon and PSG, they purchased into girls’s soccer fairly some time in the past and invested in it and you may see it within the high quality of the gamers, each technically and bodily.

“So I believe that is why France is all the time a high group in any competitors they compete in, which has been actually enjoyable to see and it is all the time a troublesome match to play.”

Atladottir is one in all 5 moms within the Iceland squad – probably the most out of any group at Euro 2022 – alongside Dagny Brynjarsdottir, Sandra Sigurdardottir, Elisa Vidarsdottir and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir.

The 37-year-old has two youngsters, and she or he believes motherhood has enabled her to place soccer in perspective.

“Once I had my first child I understood that soccer is a sport and to us as soccer gamers it is a occupation, not one thing that defines us and the youngsters do not care if I win or lose, they’re simply glad to see me.

“If I begin dragging work dwelling or something, it simply breaks them down and I do not wish to try this. So for me it is the attitude of: it is a sport, we win or lose and also you be taught from it.

“My focus is extra once I’m on follow, as a result of I am taking a time away from my children and my household so I believe I have been extra centered of utilising the time that I’ve in soccer and understanding that may come to an finish in some unspecified time in the future.

“You get a distinct perspective as a result of while you’re simply by your self you do not have to consider anybody however your self and you may get consumed and get in a troublesome scenario when it will get exhausting, however the children deliver you again to what issues in life.

“I believe that was a very good perspective that I obtained from once I had my first child and with the second it is simply extra chaotic nevertheless it’s superior on the similar second!” 

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