Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has said Denmark are eager to face England at Wembley in the Euro 2020 semi-final, although Gareth Southgate’s side are favorites.
The 25-year-old has been a cornerstone of Denmark’s defense and believes his side have what it takes to worry England on Wednesday. Kasper Hjulmand’s side don’t have so many players at top European clubs, but the Danes aren’t intimidated by England’s lineup of big names.
“I have the impression that we have the qualities to play against everyone. As a team I wouldn’t say they are much better, ”Christensen said on Monday.
Christensen is eager to face Harry Kane, whom he has faced on several occasions at club level and says he has glimpsed striker Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s teammate. “We know his qualities and everyone has an idea of what we can do to stop him,” Christensen said.
“Pierre-Emile also knows him and he may be able to share certain things. All players have their habits and we must take advantage of them. He’s good with his feet and he’s one of the best finishers in football. I react a lot to instinct. He is very tall, so it is difficult to get into his body, but he also has great qualities with his feet, so you should not get too close either.
The defender said he got a message from his Chelsea team-mate Mason Mount wondering why he wasn’t scoring goals like the one against Russia – a thunderous effort of long rage – for his club. Christensen replied that it will come in the future, but for now he is focused on the semi-final, adding that “Wembley is a stadium for big games. I have good memories and bad memories.
The match will take place in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley, but due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, only Danes residing in the UK will be able to attend. “We’re going to be outnumbered, but we’re happy and we’re trying to be as calm as possible. We have shown that we have the quality to play against the best. said Christensen.
Hjulmand said Denmark can look forward to last October’s victory at Wembley in the Nations League. “We can take advantage of this meeting to make us believe that it is possible [to beat them], “he said.” They have a lot of support but also a lot of pressure on them. “