Soccer-Trust the key to Denmark success, says coach Hjulmand

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STOCKHOLM, Nov 6 (Reuters) - Denmark caput to the World Cup aiming to upset the bigger nations utilizing a premix of intelligence, spot successful each different and flexible tactics, squad manager Kasper Hjulmand told Reuters.

When Christian Eriksen collapsed during his side's archetypal Euro 2020 radical crippled against Finland successful June 2021, fewer would person expected them to scope the tourney semi-finals earlier cruising done qualification for Qatar.

Widely praised for his handling of the affectional rollercoaster of Eriksen's illness and consequent betterment and instrumentality to football, Hjulmand has steered his broadside with a dependable hand.

"For me, it's each astir the prime of the players and past enactment the squad unneurotic successful a mode truthful we tin vie successful antithetic ways against antithetic opponents," helium told Reuters successful a telephone interview.

"When I analyse nationalist squad football, I deliberation what we are trying to bash is connected the corporate broadside and the tactical side, to ever person thing to bash successful the matches, truthful we person immoderate antithetic ways of playing."

Hjulmand revealed that his broadside often shifts tactics and formations respective times during games against teams similar France, whom they bushed doubly successful the past Nations League run and volition conscionable again successful Group D successful Qatar.

"At the Stade de France, we played successful 1 strategy for a while, nary substance what happened, (then) we decided to power and it gave america caller positions and thing to deliberation astir for the opponents," Hjulmand said.

"We effort to play ascendant football, but against the champion we cognize we person to support a small spot much than against different countries. But to beryllium capable to win, you person to beryllium bully astatine not lone 1 portion of the game, you person to beryllium a much implicit shot team, and that's what we're trying to do."


After a humble playing vocation successful Denmark's home league, Hjulmand came to prominence arsenic a manager astatine FC Nordsjaelland and Mainz 05 successful Germany, earlier taking the reins of the nationalist squad successful 2020.

The pragmatic attack of his predecessor Age Hareide was not to the liking of galore Danish fans and Hjulmand wasted nary clip implementing a much expansive game.

"If you measurement spot successful the world, Denmark is the highest state successful presumption of spot successful organisations, truthful we really judge what radical say," Hjulmand said.

"We effort to usage that arsenic an vantage successful our team, truthful we get the champion retired of our players. And 1 happening I deliberation our players are precise bully astatine is adapting and knowing tactical moves and the broader picture."

The spot the Danish players had successful Hjulmand lone accrued arsenic helium picked up the pieces pursuing Eriksen's bosom onslaught to pb them to the Euro 2020 semi-finals wherever they mislaid to England aft other time.

The Danes, who famously won Euro 92 arsenic a precocious replacement for the erstwhile Yugoslavia, volition unfastened their World Cup run against Tunisia connected Nov. 22 earlier taking connected France and Australia, and the 50-year-old manager is relishing the challenge.

"I'm precise fortunate to enactment with this radical of players due to the fact that I person a batch of ideas, and erstwhile I contiguous thing for them, they conscionable propulsion themselves into it," helium said.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond

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