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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Socceroos vs Denmark : the clash in the crucial Group C

DENMARK has a secret weapon in its battle to break Australian hearts by knocking them out of the World Cup — its assistant coach Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Tomasson knows all too well the techniques and methods of Australian coach Bert van Marwijk as he played under him during the Dane’s prolific spell at Dutch club Feyenoord in the early 2000s.
“I know the trainer, I know the coach,’’ Tomasson said before Denmark trained in the Russian coastal city of Anapa yesterday.
“He wouldn’t change his game plan, not at all.”
Tomasson was playing for van Marwijk when Feyenoord won the old UEFA Cup final in 2002.
Tomasson scored a goal in the Dutch club’s 3-2 triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
The Danish assistant, who scored 52 goals for Denmark in a long career, has also been keeping a close eye on his former manager since van Marwijk since he assumed the Socceroos’ job following the resignation of Ange Postecoglou.
“I also read all the Dutch newspapers and I think they have been working defensively the last couple of weeks,’’ he said.
“They have been training on the defensive part you can see that, a solid team, they don’t give spaces away or not much.’’
Tomasson said that as the Denmark team thrived on finding space, especially to release playmaker Christian Eriksen, “it’s going to be difficult, but I think we can manage it’’.
He also said that he was not concerned that Australia could take an overly physical approach, especially to nullify the threat of Eriksen.
Denmark, he said, had tough players as well.
Pointing to the 193cm forward Yussuf Poulsen, who scored the winner in Denmark’s first game against Peru, Tomasson said “look at this guy, he’s also an animal, we are strong, we are strong as well’’.
Tomasson identified Australia’s threat from set pieces and their ability to hit teams on the break as the Socceroos’ biggest weapons.