Roony Bardghji

Roony fully focused on Vejle ahead of packed schedule

Roony Bardghji says he is looking forward to F.C. Copenhagen's close fixture schedule over the coming weeks, which begins with Saturday's home clash against Vejle Boldklub.

FCK take on Vejle in Parken before heading to England to face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. After that the Lions host Hvidovre, FC MIdtjylland in the Danish Cup, and then travel to Randers before United play in the Danish capital on 8 November.

This burst of fixtures before the next international break ends with the Lions hosting Brøndby in Parken.

And Roony is looking forward to the challenges that await.

"It will be great to go to Old Trafford and play in the Champions League, but we have to go there to get points, because that's why we're here," he says.

"The following week there's also a big cup match against Midtjylland in Parken, which will also be fun. But now we must focus on beating Vejle on Saturday.

"I've just heard that there will be more than 30,000 fans at the game, which is amazing. It's always incredible to play in Parken."

Looking ahead of the Vejle game, Roony adds: "They'll probably play with five across the back, and it's not always easy, because it's a little more difficult to create chances.

"But I think we've got better at playing against teams that sit deep. We train for that and we have many good offensive players, so we just have to stick to the tactics and make sure we find the right solutions, both those who start and those who come on."

Roony Bardghji og Neo Jönsson vendte 1-2 til 3-2 i de sidste ti minutter
Roony takker Neo for den fine assist til sejrsmålet i Future Cup. Foto: Torkil Fosdal, FCK Media

Roony, 17, may be young but he has already made 60 first-team appearances for FCK and boasts six Sweden U21 caps.

And it would have been more, had he not withdrawn from the squad during the recent international break.

"I had been looking forward to going (to the camp) but I had to call and cancel when I felt something in my back, so I stayed in Copenhagen to receive treatment so that it didn't develop into anything serious," says Roony.

"But I am ready again and I also played a half on Tuesday against Midtjylland."

Roony scored the winning goal in added time during Tuesday's Future Cup match against FCM, where in the second half he played alongside his compatriot Neo Jönsson, who is a year his junior. 

After the match, FCK TV spoke to Neo, who said he hopes to follow in Roony's footsteps and sees the attacker as something of a role model.

"I didn't really know him before he came to FCK and had only heard a little about him," says Roony. "But he's been training a bit here in recent weeks so I've gotten to know him. He's a nice guy and a good footballer.

"Of course he's still got things to develop but he's doing well. He got both a goal and an assist for me against Midtjylland, so he just has to keep going."