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“If Somebody Insults You, You Would Want To Do Something” – McCarthy On Danish Comments About Ireland Team


“It would with me.”

Mick McCarthy has called on his team to use past comments by Denmark players as motivation.

The Republic of Ireland played the Scandinavian side four times in 2017 and 2018, with three of those ties ending goalless and the other a 5-1 win for the Danes.

Friday’s Euro 2020 qualifier is the fifth meeting between the teams in just over 18-months.

Denmark’s players gave the impression that they were sick of playing against Ireland following yet another goalless draw last November.

After the game, Christian Eriksen said that their opponents were “too scared to go forward” and Thomas Delaney said Ireland were “primitive” and that playing against them was like “trying to open a tin of beans with your hands.”

“This is not an insult, this is positive in what I mean, but Ireland’s play is primitive but you can survive very long being primitive and they make it very difficult for us,” Delaney said.

“But the reason we love football is because the best team doesn’t always win. There has been two very difficult games and one where it was very different.

“I won’t say that we’re a way better team. It’s football, we play by our strengths but when Ireland hit the level they did on Saturday and close us down, it’s difficult.”

On Monday afternoon at the Aviva Stadium, McCarthy was asked would past comments about the Irish team by Denmark players motivate his squad

“It would with me,” the Ireland coach said.

“Well it would, we’re all different, I guess if you could print what they said and remind them, it might just have a positive effect. Listen, if somebody insults you, you would take umbrage at it, you would want to do something, wouldn’t you?”

McCarthy also predicted that Ireland would face a tough test against familiar foes on Friday.

“I watched the Switzerland game and Denmark were excellent,” he said.

“Their strengths are that they’ve been playing the same shape for a while. They’re a very compact and organised team. They’ve been together a while. They’re a tough nut to crack.”

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