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By ESPN Staff
Sep 20, 2006

Gudjohnsen content to bide his time at Barca

He may only have swapped the bench at Chelsea for the bench at Barcelona, but Eidur Gudjohnsen insists he is happy in his new life at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona splashed out around £8million in the summer to take Gudjohnsen to Spain as the European champions looked for attacking reinforcements following the departure of Henrik Larsson.

Gudjohnsen found it tough to nail down a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge, but the Iceland international has not found it much easier to break into the Barca starting XI either.

In the five competitive games Barca have played this season, Gudjohnsen has started each one as a substitute before being brought on in four of them.

'When I signed, I knew I was coming to a great team - the reigning champions of Spain and Europe,' Gudjohnsen said on www.elmundodeportivo.es.

'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.'

Barcelona have won their opening three Primera Liga matches and Gudjohnsen has played a key part in that run.

He netted an 88th-minute winner to help Barca record a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo in their opening match of the season.

'I believe that in the minutes I have played, everything has gone well,' Gudjohnsen added.

'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 also feels it has been fairly easy to fit in football-wise at his new club, believing there are similarities in the coaching styles of current boss Frank Rijkaard and his former coach at Chelsea Jose Mourinho.

'I do not believe there is much difference between playing at Chelsea or at Barcelona,' he said.

'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.'