‘Why not us’? Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel goals of emulating father Peter’s feat with continental success-Sports activities Information , Blissful Easterday
Other than the truth that Denmark should not a favorite and that there will probably be a Schmeichel standing between the posts, there should not many similarities with 1992.
Copenhagen: Kasper Schmeichel has his boots planted firmly on the bottom however the 34-year-old Denmark goalkeeper goals of repeating his father’s sensational Euro 1992 title.
“You have to dream huge … and the query we have to ask ourselves is ‘Why not us?'” the keeper lately advised Danish TV2.
His father Peter was the hero of Denmark’s sudden European championship victory in Sweden nearly 30 years in the past. Together with his 129 caps from 1987 to 2001 and lengthy profession with Manchester United, Peter Schmeichel is a dwelling legend.
“If you take a look at the outcomes that we are able to obtain when the strain is on, we’ve each motive to be optimistic.”
However aside from the truth that Denmark should not a favorite and that there will probably be a Schmeichel standing between the posts, there should not many similarities with 1992.
Again then, Denmark—referred to as up on the final minute after Yugoslavia had been excluded over the conflict within the Balkans — had been by no means ready and managed to show their relaxed method to triumph.
Out of the shadows
There is no want for the squad to really feel the shadow of 1992 hanging over them, Poul Ferdinand, sports activities reporter at day by day Ekstra Bladet, advised AFP.
“Earlier than the Euros in 1992, the staff wasn’t enjoying very nicely, there have been conflicts with administration. Right now it is totally different, the staff is powerful and nicely organised,” he mentioned.
Schmeichel, who grew up and performed his total profession within the shadow of his father’s exploits, agreed, saying there is not any motive to really feel intimidated by the previous.
“The surname’s positively not been a assist, that is for certain, however it’s received no relevance to me in any respect,” he advised the BBC a number of years in the past.
“That is my identify, I’ve at all times fielded these questions from the media, however I simply get on with it.”
“I believe it could be simpler to play a special sport.”
Denmark completed second of their qualifying group behind Switzerland however forward of the Republic of Eire, going undefeated whereas scoring 23 objectives and conceding simply six in eight video games.
“The type has modified a bit” lately, mentioned Ferdinand.
Whereas head coach Kasper Hjulmand has maintained the sturdy defensive sport developed by former coach Age Hareide, “he additionally assaults extra”.
On the 2018 World Cup, Denmark’s play was lacklustre however strong, enabling them to advance to the spherical of 16 the place they fell to eventual runners-up Croatia on penalties regardless of Schmeichel’s heroics.
“It needs to be extraordinarily tough (for our opponents) to attain … however on the identical time we’ve to extend our ball possession nearer to our opponent’s aim,” Hjulmand mentioned forward of the Euro.
Along with Schmeichel, Denmark will probably be relying on skilled defender and staff captain Simon Kjaer in addition to midfielders Christian Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Dwelling followers will play their half too, because the Danes will keep in Copenhagen for his or her three Group B matches, assembly Finland on 12 June, top-ranked Belgium on 17 June and Russia on 21 June.
“Expectations are fairly excessive however … we’re life like, to make it to the semi-finals can be good,” Ferdinand mentioned.
“The primary goal is to qualify from the group stage in the most effective form doable to proceed our mission,” Hjulmand mentioned as he offered his squad.
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