“We all know which way Ireland will play.”
Mathias Jorgensen has dismissed any suggestions that Denmark will face a new and improved Republic of Ireland team on Friday night.
The two teams face off in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Copenhagen, in what will be the fifth meeting between Denmark and Ireland since November 2017.
The Danes beat Ireland 5-1 in Dublin in the second leg of the World Cup play-off, but the other fixtures have ended goalless.
The Scandinavians appear to be sick of playing the Boys in Green. Thomas Delaney said that Ireland are “the most annoying” opponents he has faced as a Denmark player. And now Jorgensen has rubbished any notion that the team have changed now that Mick McCarthy, rather than Martin O’Neill, is the coach.
“You can change the manager, but cannot change the players. It doesn’t make the style any different,” Jorgensen said ahead of Friday’s game.
The Huddersfield defender also claimed that he knows exactly how Ireland will play against Denmark. It doesn’t sound as though he is expecting any free-flowing football from the Boys in Green.
“We all know which way Ireland will play. They will come to our stadium, sit back and be happy to play for a draw,” he said.
“Their game-plan of trying to keep us scoreless is one we’ve come to respect. They’ve managed that three times in the four games. However, that will be difficult for them this time because we always take the initiative when playing in front of our fans.”
McCarthy’s side recorded wins in their first Euro 2020 qualifiers – beating Georgia and Gibraltar by a single goal in each game. Yet, it appears that Jorgensen will need more convincing before he believes Ireland have changed.
“Look at their two wins – 1-0 over Gibraltar and Georgia. That shows Ireland are the same team we’ve faced over the past two years. Our main priority will be to watch Shane Duffy from set-pieces.”
Seamus Coleman appeared to be completely unmoved by the remarks. When asked by reporters for his thoughts on the Danish diatribes, the Irish skipper had the perfect response.
“You’re playing for your country and putting on that jersey. You’re representing your team and the fans. I’m more interested in impressing them, than the Danish players.”
SC: You're playing for your country and putting on that jersey. You're representing your team and the fans. I'm more interested in impressing them, than the Danish players
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) June 6, 2019