Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has described Wales manager Ryan Giggs as “an idol” ahead of their UEFA Nations League clash tonight
The Group B4 meeting in Cardiff could prove to be decisive for both sides with promotion to League A up for grabs.
Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen even went as far as describing the game as “a final”.
But, for Schmeichel, the match represents something else in facing Giggs – who he has known since he was a child.
The Dane’s father, Peter, was teammates with Giggs in Manchester United’s legendary 1990s team.
“Ryan Giggs is an idol – I don’t think there are any other words for him,” said Schmeichel, according to Belfast Telegraph.
“What he achieved at Manchester United, and what he achieved in football, is unparalleled.
“He’s someone I’ve known since I can remember from my time living in England.
“I watched him countless times at The Cliff (United’s former training ground) with my dad, and he’s someone I’ve admired right through my career.
“If anyone could have a fraction of the career he’s had they would be very happy.
“He’s always been really supportive every time I’ve met him, he’s been nothing but a gentleman.”
Due to Sevilla defender Simon Kjaer being out with a hamstring injury, Schmeichel could captain Denmark at the Welsh capital.
The match at the Cardiff City Stadium will begin at 20:45 (CET).