He has played for both Molde and Arsenal: – Incredibly cool


Kristiansanderen played for Arsenal from 1991 to 1994. He was an MFK player from 1997 to 1999 and was in the Champions League for Molde against CSKA Moscow, Real Mallorca, Real Madrid, Porto and Olympiakos.

– This is incredibly cool! It is great fun for Molde to get such a great team when they are first in a group game, Lydersen says to Rbnett when he is made aware of the draw.

Molde’s team away against Real Madrid 21 September 1999: Back from left: Pål Lydersen, Daniel Berg Hestad, Jo Tessem, Odd Inge Olsen and Andreas Lund. Front from left: Karl Oskar Fjørtoft, Andre Schei Lindbæk, Trond Strande, Morten Bakke, Knut Anders Forstervold and Magne Hoseth. Photo: Erik Johansen, NTB

– Great possibilities

He immediately believes that MFK has great opportunities for advancement from the group, which also consists of Rapid Wien and Dundalk.

– Yes, here it actually sounds to me that they have a good chance to move on. In that sense, this must be a very good draw for Molde. They get two games against a big club, and four games against teams they should definitely have the opportunity to challenge, says Lydersen.

The two best in the 12 groups advance to the round of 16. So do the eight best teams that change in third place.

lydersen still follows Molde, even though it is just over 20 years since he joined the club.

– I do not see so many whole matches, but follow closely and look at what they do. There has been a bit of a treadmill in the series lately, and it was a pity that they did not get into the Champions League now. Then it can be a real “boost” to face Arsenal, the former midfielder thinks.

Pål Lydersen was captain when Molde met Porto in 1999. Photo: Lise Åserud / SCANPIX

Impressed by Molde

Uefa now allows up to 30 percent of the audience capacity to be used in the group game. This is overridden by local infection control measures, where the government recently opened for 600 spectators at outdoor events from 12 October.

– It is a pity that Molde does not get to experience a full house at home and lots of people in London, but a little audience is better than nothing. This will be an upswing anyway, says Lydersen, who played in the Champions League together with Molde’s assistant coach Trond Strande.

– In addition, I still have some contact with Snorre Strand. We send a message for Christmas and something like that, it’s nice. I wish Molde good luck and hope they move on. I am very impressed with what they have achieved in recent years, says Pål Lydersen.


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