DOHA: Of all the permutations regarding the Socceroos’ clash with Denmark, the only certainty is that if Australia win, they’re in.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand was asked if he thought Australia would line up from the get-go looking to protect a draw, which would also be enough for the Socceroos unless Tunisia springs an upset win over France.
“Australia knows that is also a dangerous attitude to a game because they don’t really know if they progress with a draw as well,” Hjulmand said.
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“So I think they will come out very strong and they will try to have periods where they will put pressure on us as well, I definitely expect them to also attack and run at us.”
The Danes are widely-regarded as one of Europe’s finest teams, but are certainly not taking Australia lightly.
“Like all football games there will be times when we have to break down a very strong defensive unit, they have been very close in their organisation and that’s the toughest thing in football, to break down an organisation like that,” he said.
“I actually expect them to come out and it would be a surprise to me if that doesn’t happen, I expect them to run at us as well.”
While both of the Australian goals have come off the back of quick counter-attacks and balls being whipped in from wide areas, they have shown plenty of eagerness to get forward in patches against France, and for the entire first half against Tunisia.
Hjulmand is expecting more of the same.
“They will come out strong against us, they won’t just be sitting, they will run against us, I think we will be put under pressure, they will try to get close to us and get close in the duels and I don’t just expect them to be sitting and waiting,” he said.
“They pass the ball very well in the beginning, they find some spaces and some pockets after duels to pick up the second balls and they move forward and they run forward.
“So I expect them to come out just like they did the last couple of matches and that is very, very strong.”
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