Science fiction: Denmark coach would like to do something with Eriksen

How important Christian Eriksen is for the Danish national team has been underlined several times. First and foremost by national coach Kasper Hjulmand, who has now added a stanza to his song of praise.

Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand would like to do something with his star player Christian Eriksen.

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The start of the World Cup for the Danes was without question manageable, in the 0-0 draw against Tunisia the North Africans even played better football as outsiders. Above all, playmaker Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest at EURO 2021 last year and then continued his career with a pacemaker, rarely left his mark on the game.

But that didn’t stop his coach Kasper Hjulmand from giving his Manchester United captain great praise – especially since it was his comeback on the big stage (kicker score 3.5): “Christian can do everything well. We had hoped that we will give him more balls.”

That should now change on Saturday (5 p.m., LIVE! on kicker) when the Danes have to play their second game – against none other than the reigning world champions France (4:1 against Australia at the start).

“Christian is the heart of this team”

Here, too, the Danes are now putting a lot into their hands – or rather their feet – from Eriksen, who should really make his mark with his class on the ball and also with standards in the game against the defending champion. Regarding the 30-year-old, Coach Hjulmand, who had already looked after Bundesliga club Mainz between 2014 and 2015, lost himself in a science fiction mind game. He said: “I would like to clone him. I would like to have him in the back of my own penalty area and in front of the other goal.”

Because, Hjulmand continues: “On my first day as national coach, I said the same thing as my predecessor Age Hareide and his predecessor Morten Olsen: Christian is the heart of this team. He is the rhythm of our team. He understands the style of play and the Football, he understands the intensity of a match.”

And it will be intense, that’s what the coach of “Danish Dynamite” made clear the day before the cracker against the French: “France has an incredible number of top players. The possibilities and the talent that the French have at their disposal are great spectacular. I have a lot of respect for France, but we also know how strong we are. If we give our best, we have a chance of a good result.” After all, Eriksen cannot (yet) be cloned.

What should give Denmark hope, however, is the fact that the Scandinavians have already beaten the Equipe Tricolore twice (!) this year for stars like Kylian MbappĂ© – 2-1 and 2-0 in the Nations League.

The direct comparison between Denmark and France at a glance

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