Former German international and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has outlined that he doesn’t feel Denmark are of a “top European standard” ahead of their game against Ireland.
The Danes will be looking to get the better of the Boys in Green having struggled to break them down in their previous two encounters in the UEFA Nations League.
Ireland held them scoreless across both games, but had fallen victim to a 5-1 a year previous in the World Cup playoff, a game in which Denmark and Eriksen, in particular, looked a level above Martin O’Neill’s side.
Speaking as a pundit on RTÉ 2’s coverage of the Euro 2020 qualifier, Hamann outlined that despite being strong in attack he doesn’t feel Denmark are one of the better teams in European football.
“The standout of this team is their attacking play…They have a couple of standout players but I don’t think they are top of the European standard…”
“The standout of this team is their attacking play…They have a couple of standout players but I don’t think they are top of the European standard…” – Didi Hamann looks at the strengths and weaknesses of this Denmark team pic.twitter.com/1JyDvzBjts
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 7, 2019
McCarthy opted to name an unchanged starting XI from their previous group D victory over Georgia which saw them pick up a promising 1-0 win in a tricky tie.
The Irish boss has again gone with a 4-3-3 formation, a big change from the last year of Martin O’Neill’s reign which saw five at the back experimented with on a number of occasions.
On Virgin Media, Brian Kerr outlined that McCarthy has ripped up the shape that O’Neill prefered which often became very defensive.
“Mick has gone away immediately from Martin’s shape of playing the three centre-backs against Denmark in the last couple of games. We definitely became a 5-4-1 team with players pinned back and at times we had all eleven players back in our own half.”
“Mick has gone away immediately from Martin’s shape.”
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) June 7, 2019