Denmark’s Andreas Christensen believes his Premier League players need to stop English striker Harry Kane and shut down Wembley Stadium when they meet in their Euro 2020 semi-final on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old defender’s club team Chelsea has a good record against England’s no. 9 and Denmark can also benefit from the insight of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is a teammate of Kane at Tottenham.
“We know his qualities, and everyone has an idea what we can do to stop him,” Christensen told a news conference.
“Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg knows him too, and it could be that he can share a few things. All footballers have their habits, and we have to take advantage of that.”
Kane, who has succeeded in the last 16 match against Germany and added a prop in the English 4-0 victory over Ukraine, presents a difficult physical challenge for the Danes.
“He’s good with his feet and he’s one of the best finishers in football,” Christensen said.
“I react a lot to instinct. He’s very big, so it’s hard to get into his body, but he also has good qualities with his feet, so you should not get too close either.”
Despite playing for more modest clubs spread across Europe, the Danes are not intimidated by England’s star – studded series of household names.
“I feel like we have the qualities to play against everyone. As a team I would not say it’s that much better,” Christensen said.
After the team’s remarkable return was dominated by Christian Eriksen losing a cardiac arrest in the opening match, coach Kasper Hjulmand is working on a plan to stop England’s forward.
“We are aware of Harry Kane, but you can not give an instruction to pack a player. We know everything about how they attack, so we are creating structures to stop the English attacks,” he told reporters. .
The match will take place in front of 60,000 fans at Wembley, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, only Danes living in the UK will be able to attend.
“We’re going to be fewer, but we’m happy and we try to be as calm as we can be. We’ve shown we have the quality to play against the best. It’s about who wants it the most,” Christensen said. .