Tuesday 21 January 2020

Positive vibes from captain Coleman

Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is only looking forward to next game
Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is only looking forward to next game

Seamus Coleman insists that past history between Ireland and Denmark will count for nothing when the two sides meet in Copenhagen tonight.

While Ireland have not conceded in three of the four competitive games against the Danes in the last two campaigns, in the World Cup play-off and the Nations League, the 5-1 win for Denmark in Dublin stands out.

It has been pointed out that Ireland stood off the Danes too much, especially in the two 0-0 draws last year, and afforded them too much respect.

But Coleman claims that's not the case and he insists this is a whole new ball game, so to speak.

"I think there has been a massive deal made out of Denmark v Ireland games for some reason.

"I know the World Cup qualification game was massive for the country and it didn't go well but since then, they haven't been exciting games," the Everton man said.

"I just don't see the big deal about this game. We're playing for our country and regardless of who we play, we give our all and that will be the same tonight. Hopefully that will take three points or at least one home with us.

"I wouldn't say we gave them too much respect, they are a good team and they do cause problems, as we have touched on, but with the two games we had, we have to have a lot of confidence in ourselves," added Coleman, referring to the two wins gained from the first two qualifiers for Ireland.


"I thought the way we played against Georgia at times was brilliant, that's what you want to do, it gives the lads confidence going into this game.

"The Danes are at home so if we can start off well and put them under pressure it will be great. But I wouldn't say we gave them too much respect."

Coleman represented Ireland, in his captain's role, at the pre-match press conference yesterday but much of the talk was around one man, Christian Eriksen - a player who Coleman has done battle with many times at club level since the Dane joined Spurs in 2013. Is he good enough for Real Madrid?

"He probably is," said Coleman." And in terms of the Premier League, you want the best players to remain but I'm sure he is more than capable of playing for the top European teams and he doesn't need me to be telling him that."

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