Jürgen Strand-Larsen, Antonio Rüdiger

Jürgen Strand-Larsen, Antonio Rüdiger

Larnaca (Netafsen): Jorgen Strand Larsen has been part of the Ståle Solbakken squad since being selected just over a year ago. In the late summer of last year, he also moved to Spain after finally being sold from Groningen to Celta Vigo.

This summer, the Norwegian got a new coach when former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez took over as head coach in northern Spain.

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Strand Larsen has been an important component of a Celta Vigo side struggling in La Liga. The 23-year-old made his mark by scoring three goals in his first nine league matches.

It also looked like it would give Celta Vigo a flying start when they faced a star-studded Real Madrid. Just five minutes later, Haldensen put the ball into the net, bringing more than 30,000 Celta fans to the Abanca-Ballaidos stadium, but the goal was disallowed by VAR.

“You know me, so it was a bit difficult,” he smiled at Netavisin in the national team file about the celebration that was quickly interrupted when he was robbed of scoring against one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The great striker had many difficult confrontations with Real Madrid’s centre-backs, especially former Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger.

It is known that the German does not put anything between them in duels, and the veteran’s treatment of Erling Braut Haaland in the Champions League last season went viral on the Internet.

-It’s rough. There are some clips of him where he looks completely “crazy”, and he is, Strand-Larsen smiles.

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He reveals that he got to know the German well during the match earlier this year.

– We had some conversations during the match, and he thought the goal should have stood.

– He’s completely sick

Real Madrid eventually won the match 1-0 after Jude Bellingham scored. For Strand Larsen, meeting one of the best centre-backs in the world was an experience he won’t soon forget.

– What is the return center for the meeting? He’s absolutely sick. His speed and strength. It’s not easy to meet him, says the Norwegian striker.

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He can reveal that the two were on good form during the match and that the German approached him after the referee called off the match.

– He came to me, and then we had a conversation after the match. He bragged about me a little and said I played well. He revealed that I was good at duels and that I had to keep working on that.

He should settle for being second fiddle

Despite the fact that Strand Larsen has started the season well and is playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world, the 23-year-old has to adapt to being a second-choice centre-forward in the national team.

He and Alexander Sorloth (Villarreal) ensure that Norway has very good cover behind Erling Braut Haaland.

The 23-year-old is clearly contributing when needed, and suggests he feels like a new player.

– Three games out of nine for Celta Vigo is quite good, but it is much better than it was last year. I feel like I’m a completely different player than I was last year. I have a lot to offer the team, both in terms of play and inside the penalty area.

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