Eidur remains patient
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is patient about earning first-team opportunities.
Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen says he will remain patient about earning first-team opportunities with the Catalan club.
The former PSV Eindhoven, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea hit-man has struggled to secure a first-team place in Frank Rijkaard's side since his big money move to Camp Nou from Stamford Bridge this summer.
Despite being used as a substitute, the Iceland international believes he needs to bide his time before getting a run in the side.
"When I signed, I knew I was coming to a great team - the reigning champions of Spain and Europe," Gudjohnsen told Spanish sports daily El Mundo Deportivo.
"Here there are great players, and to get into the first XI is difficult for any footballer who has newly arrived.
"But I will wait for my opportunity and, when it comes, I will be ready.
"I believe that in the minutes I have played, everything has gone well.
"Really, I am enjoying being with this team, and can say that it is fantastic to be able to play alongside the best players in the world.
"I am very well in this city, where everything makes me feel welcome.
"Each morning, when I rise, I do it with a smile on my face, and when I return to my house, I have that same smile."
Gudjohnsen thinks playing for Rijkaard is not far removed from the experiences he had under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
"I do not believe there is much difference between playing at Chelsea or at Barcelona," he added.
"In my opinion, Rijkaard and Mourinho are two trainers with a concept of the game that is quite similar, although Rijkaard is more relaxed and Mourinho shouts and moves more, because he is more expressive."