Danes Christian Norgaard and Andreas Christensen expect a “hostile environment” during the Euro 2020 semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London, but don’t think there is a big gap between them and the ‘England in terms of quality
Denmark reached the last four UEFA European Championships for the first time in nearly three decades. PA
Helsingor, Denmark: Outnumbered in the stands, not in excess on the field.
That’s the expectation of Danish players ahead of their European Championship semi-final match against England on Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.
Restrictions on entry to Britain amid the pandemic are preventing Danish fans from traveling to London from abroad to cheer on their team at England’s national football stadium. Only Danes already in England, or living in England, can purchase a ticket out of the country’s allocation of approximately 5,800 spectators out of an expected capacity of 60,000 spectators.
Danish midfielder Christian Norgaard is bracing for a “hostile environment” at Wembley. That, however, may not be such a bad thing.
“They will get wild support,” Norgaard said. “But maybe they will turn on their own team if things don’t go well for them.
“There is pressure on them,” he added in Danish newspaper BT. “We can play more freely. We have always been able to do this, but we also have expectations of ourselves. We believe we can deliver something.
Like Norgaard, a defensive midfielder for newly promoted English team Brentford, Andreas Christensen also plays in England with Chelsea and has already visited Wembley twice this season in the FA Cup – for the team’s victory over Manchester City in the semi-finals and a loss to Leicester. In the finale.
The center-back knows the English players well and doesn’t see a huge gap between the teams.
“Player for player they will probably say yes,” said Christensen, when asked if England were the favorites. “I have the impression that we have the qualities to play against everyone. As a team, I wouldn’t say they are much better.
Denmark were hit by a wave of support following Christian Eriksen’s collapse in the team’s first group game against Finland, when he suffered cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator . The way Eriksen’s teammates acted during and after the incident at Parken Stadium drew much praise.
They rode on a wave of emotion to bounce back after losing to Finland and also Belgium in their second game to advance to the group, then beat Wales and the Czech Republic on the way to the semi-finals. finals.
“It changed a bit after the way we reacted after the first game,” said Christensen. “We’ve had a lot of support in England – we’ve been their (other) favorite team so far.
“That has changed now that we have become their opponents. I have received many messages from people at the club (Chelsea) and also from players. They just write that things have changed now.