Friday 6 December 2019

Eriksen: We have answered the critics

Vladimir Petkovic
Vladimir Petkovic

Christian Eriksen says his Denmark side have answered their critics who had a go at the Danes after last week's draw at home to Ireland.

And the other main rivals to Ireland's Euro 2020 hopes, Switzerland, expect to still have their highly-rated manager Vladimir Petkovic in charge for their visit to Dublin in September, even though he has been linked with a number of high-profile club roles.

The Danish side were booed by a section of the home support in Copenhagen at the end of last week's 1-1 draw against Ireland, Age Hareide's team criticised for not making more of their chances in the game and then throwing away a 1-0 lead to gift Ireland a point.

Hareide reacted by making four changes to his team and they delivered with a 5-1 win at home to Georgia, putting them five points behind group leaders Ireland, but with a game in hand.

"It's great to finish with a 5-1 victory. There has been much talk that we have not scored enough goals, so it was nice and a good signal for us to get five goals, but we could also have scored a lot more," says Eriksen.

Coach Hareide said: "We played the same way as against Ireland and we created the same chances but I am most pleased that we scored five goals."

After back-to-back defeats in the nations League, against Portugal and England (on penalties), Switzerland are now on a break until that trip to Dublin in June.

Petkovic has been linked with jobs in Serie A but he says: "that's all just speculation and I am happy here".

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