Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Danes coach Age Hareide in cocky mood

Republic of Ireland vs Denmark: Danes coach Age Hareide in cocky mood

A crucial World Cup qualification play-off in Copenhagen tonight sees Denmark take on the Republic of Ireland. "It was a tough evening", he said. All Ireland have to do is win tomorrow to secure a spot at the World Cup. If they do then there will be more space for the other players that we have to show the quality that they possess and we can take advantage of that. We have to find that one more time. We have to win on Tuesday and might have to score a couple of goals. It is obvious that we need to build on what we did in Copenhagen. "We had 65 per cent of the ball". He said: "Ireland didn't really surprise us". "Ireland had 206 passes and were down to 60% (pass completion). Urged on by a big crowd as well... we have a lot to play for". "Sometimes you don't succeed".

But while Hareide is looking for his side to play with greater zest he can't envisage a change in tactics from Ireland and Martin O'Neill - whose hopes would likely be shattered by conceding the first goal. "But we have to try and find space and get Christian on the ball".

"I think they will play the same way". That's okay. I haven't got the patience to play like that. We will try to attack and score a goal.

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"They are very good at defending. They don't increase the space - they make it as narrow as possible".

'Denmark are a very good team, but they don't have the character and the heart and the desire that we have'.

Andreas Bjelland meanwhile certainly felt his team are up for the fight should Ireland look for one but that his team's passing game will overcome whatever Ireland throw at them. "It's a fantastic opportunity that we don't have to win to come to the World Cup and we have to take that". "We will have the mentality for this game if it goes to extra-time".

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Ireland had the ball for just 30% of the game at Parken Stadium, and they struggled to threaten the hosts over the course of a frustrating 90 minutes for Age Hareide's side.

"There are different passes and different angles we can set up, get more people in front of the ball and that will make us more risky".

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