Mats Moller Daehli was hailed by his manager today after starring in Norway’s u19 win over Turkey in a 5 day tournament also featuring Sweden and Portugal.
Daehli had initially said he wanted to take a break from international football in order to focus on his club career but reversed his decision, and headed to La Manga for the competition.
And Norway benefitted from his decision as he won a late penalty in his side’s 3-2 win as well as playing a part in another of Norway’s goals.
After the game, Norway manager Oivind Nilsen spoke highly of Daehli to Scandinavia’s Manchester United Supporters Trust:
“Mats worked very well. He is really good in close duels, really creative and reliable to keep hold of the ball.
“He fits very well between the oppositions midfield and defence. There he can either play through passes or advance with the ball himself like he did when we got the decisive penalty.
“He played a really good game. He was one of our best players.”
Oivind was happy to have the 17 year old back in his country’s international set up adding:
“We are really happy to have Mats back.
“He is so creative. In a way he sets the standard in creativity the others try to reach. He is also extremely hard working. All the time.
“I had hopes that he could play like this, after seeing him against Serbia last year and I’m pleased that he delivered in such a good way.”