Monday 23 April 2018

Danes keen to test mettle in friendly clash with Brazil

Considering the opposition they will face at the Euros, it's clear why Denmark would pick one of the top teams in the world for one of its build-up matches.

Denmark probably wishes Brazil could have shown up with an even stronger squad for today's friendly in Hamburg.

"We are happy to play Brazil, we picked them specifically to prepare for the European Championship because they are very strong technically and we want to measure ourselves against them," Denmark coach Morten Olsen said.

"It's good for us to be put under pressure," he said

The Hamburg venue will allow local fans to have a close look at one of the teams Germany will face at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

The toughest group of the tournament also includes the Netherlands and Portugal. Of the four teams, Denmark has the lowest ranking at No 10.

"Our goal is to advance from the group and we can do it," Olsen said.

Denmark opens its campaign against the Netherlands on June 9 and Olsen said the focus was on that match, not Saturday's friendly.

"It's a test match for us and the important game is against the Netherlands. But we want to play a good match and give our fans something to cheer about," Olsen said. "And it will help us correct our mistakes."

About 40,000 Danish fans are expected to cross the border and come to Hamburg to watch their team. No 6 ranked Brazil is without some of its top young stars, notably striker Neymar, who has club commitments back home.

Denmark's volatile star, Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner, is one player in Olson's squad who could prove to be the difference. Veteran winger Dennis Rommedahl had an outstanding World Cup two years ago in South Africa but, at 38, he is nearing the end of his career and nursing a thigh injury.

Irish Independent

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