Not neat = not getting anywhere: Denmark with steps that (may not) go as far in Euro 2024 as usua

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• Denmark 1-1 Slovenia, this score may not look damaged on the surface
• But in reality It may be a worse outcome than you think.
Denmark shows “not neat” in every part. In what ways? And what effect will it have on the progress of Euro 2024? Come watch.

Not neat = not getting anywhere: Denmark with steps that (may not) go as far in Euro 2024 as usua

With the fairytale of Euro 1992 where Denmark made history by winning the championship to the shock of the whole world, in one way it is not surprising that they cannot do it again. Winning the European Championship is not easy for anyone. And even though they reached the semi-finals in the previous Euro 2020, they were blocked by something.

Coming to Euro 2024 , Denmark certainly wouldn’t dare set their goal of reaching the championship. But with the potential of the players With the powerhouse’s name, “secretly hoping”. As the number 8-9 favorite in the program wouldn’t be considered a sin in any way.

However, the 1-1 draw with Slovenia in Group C on Sunday showed that Denmark showed “sloppy” in many areas.

Perhaps this is their fainting point…that may signal the end–which doesn’t seem very good.

The offense is not smooth.

Overall, the coordination between the forward pair Rasmus Hojlud – Jonas Wind. Along with Christian Eriksen as an attacking midfielde is a “usable” strategy. The quality of each person’s skills is good.

Likewise, the overall performance of the game was not bad for Denmark and it must be said that Slovenia were quite lucky to get an equalizer with Erik Jansa ‘s shot (77’) that hit the back of Morten Hulmand and changed direction into the goal. Leaving Kasper Schmeichel looking towards the sky.

But of course, before the 1-1 goal, Denmark deserved to pull ahead 2-0 at least 2-3 times.

For example, at the end of the first half. Jonas Wind crossed to the center for Christian Eriksen to quickly shoot with his left foot. But it went wide of the frame. Given the space and the openness, if he had locked onto the right and shot hard into the far post. It would have been possible.

Most importantly, the timing of the charge was even more dangerous than Rasmus Hojlund ‘s goal in the 65th minute. Which even though part of it – and most of it. Therefore, we have to praise Jan Oblak, who defended this moment in a “classic way” by spreading his stick and hands wide. Make yourself big to block shots. But what if Hoylund would end it with a little more tact? For example, leverage it a little higher. Or shoot a little more to the right. Not charging stubbornly and dullly like it was, it was believed that 2-0 would come.

If it were 2-0, it would be believable that Slovenia would not be able to come back.

and Denmark will start the first game with 3 full points as intended.

Not neatly received

Andreas Christensen received a lot of praise for his 100% completion rate of 89 passes (a record since 1980). But is not naturally a true centre-back. Especially not one in the centre of a three-man system.

Joachim Andersen is tall, strong, has a lot of experience in the Premier League, but his role is bold and easy to miss.

Jannik Vestergaard is as tall as a little devil, but his speed is a problem. There was a time when he was passed by a Slovenian striker who just ran past him and shot.

Even though they intended to pack the defense tightly with 3 center backs. Plus two wing backs (Victor Christiansen, Alexander Bah) and 2 defensive midfielders (Morten Hulmand, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg) to help out. Slovenia still created 11 chances (2 on target, 1 hitting the post).

But same time. It must never be forgotten how many times Slovenia had “luck not helped” with creative finishing moments.

In particular, the shot that led to the corner and the equaliser. When Benjamin Cesko blasted a thunderous shot from the edge of the area. Sending the ball crashing into the post with a resounding bang (before Viktor Christiansen cleared it behind).

And there are other opportunities that show that the dairy cows’ back line, Andersen – Christensen – Vestergaard, is not neat enough… Overall, it may be “good enough”, but it’s not perfect, not as solid as it should be. There are holes on the ground, and in the air, if bombed a lot, it will collapse.

In some flashes, it is a pity that Simon Kjaer, a high-class center-back, is approaching the end of his playing career at the age of 35. Although he is included in the squad, he does not have a regular position (perhaps he is there to “teach his younger brother” during training).

During the qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup, Denmark under Hulmand’s team had an episode where fans could rest assured that the defense was “no worries”. The back was tough, the defense was tight, and the goalkeeper was excellent enough to correct all of the mistakes. Defensively, at that time they played 10 matches, conceded only 3 goals and kept 8 clean sheets.

However, with the current team, it has become “normal” that every game they lose at least one goal, and the direction of the scores has been that – Denmark have conceded one goal each in the last 3 games (2-1 Sweden, 3-1 Norway, 1-1 Slovenia) and in the last 9 games they have only managed to keep a clean sheet in 2 games.

What could these be other than the “not neat” nature of the dairy defense?

The coach is not neat.

The worst was Casper Hulmand, who commanded the dairy team from the sidelines.

The author would not dare to say that he is more skilled or better, but if he were to become the Danish coach, what he would do in this game is:

1) Make quicker substitutions

– Morten Hulmand wasn’t very good at protecting the defense and was also booked early in the second half, so the first one should be taken off, around the 60th minute, and a fresher defensive midfielder should be put in his place, such as Thomas Delaney or Christian Norgaard.

– The two wingbacks, Christiansen / Bah, have been running up and down since the first minute, so they should be adjusted as well, when there are good backup options such as Joachim Mehle (former starter) or Rasmus Christensen.

– The two forwards, Rasmus Hojluid / Jonas Wind, have been facing physical confrontations, collisions and jostling from the opposing defenders since the beginning. An hour in and you could swap Yussuf Poulsen, Kasper Dolberg or Andreas Skov Olsen

– even the most versatile player, Christian Eriksen, is 32 and has played the full 90 minutes for United on one occasion this season, so come on from 70-75 for Matthias Jensen or Mikkel Damsgaard, whoever is available.

2) Tighten up the defense.

When Denmark was playing, they were hit by a storm of attacking games, a storm of bombing games from Slovenia, and Benjamin Cesko was very difficult to deal with. It was easy to decide who to send to strengthen the defense and add more options to the defense.

For example, replacing Hulmand, who has a yellow card, with a new defensive midfielder, or even taking off one of the forwards, between Højlund and Jonas Wind, to allow a defensive midfielder like Delaney or Norgaard to help out in the back.

If the latter is chosen, the formation becomes 5-3-1-1, with a full-back and another midfield wall, leaving Eriksen in the upper zone to coordinate with Hoylund (or another substitute).

3) Be brave enough to make changes.

That’s it, viewers. A coach should be brave enough to change the reserves, adjust the plan during the game, trust the reserve forces that you have, rather than sticking to the original plan or the original 11 players without adjusting or changing anything, even though when the time is tight, you’re more afraid that you’ll be attacked more and more.

When it’s time to defend with all your might and focus on keeping the score, you should do everything possible.

Because the results of the competition are always more important than a beautiful football form.

All of them It’s something you haven’t seen from the 52-year-old coach, former boss of Lyngby, Mainz and Nordsjaelland, from this game.

actually happened That is, gradually substituting in the last ten minutes. Or after being drilled 1-1 (Mehle instead of Christiansen followed by another set in the 83rd minute / Morten Hulmand came out in the 89th minute) and the substitutes didn’t have enough time on the field to correct the score.

One point to disaster???

In a narrow picture, 1 point from Slovenia is not considered a loss.

But in the broader picture, while this may seem a bit too pessimistic, it’s a disappointing two-point drop. And it may be more serious than you think.

Because Game 2 will meet England (Thursday 20 June), according to the shape of the game, it should be accepted that the chance of losing is more than anything else.

Although the last meeting (Which still hurts) In the Euro 2020 semi-finals, they will be dragged to extra time and England won by diving and calling for a penalty from Raheem Sterling, but it arrived at this hour. It was clear that England were tougher, more fearsome, more tactical and more ‘work’ .

If the conclusion is a loss, Denmark will be in a difficult position immediately in the third game against Serbia (next Tuesday, June 25).

One is that the situation forces them to get a point, or even a win.

Two is that they will enter the field under pressure. If they can’t score quickly, they may be “more flustered”.

And three, they may be defeated by Serbia’s “throw balls” , especially the sky master Aleksandar Mitrovic (33% of Serbia’s goals in the qualifying rounds came from headers, which is considered the highest).

The first game was a draw, the second game was a loss, and the third game was a draw again.

Three matches, no win and 2 points in hand.

If this picture comes out, we’ll wait with bated breath to see if Denmark will be good enough to be one of the 4 best 3rd place teams to advance to the round of 16 or not.

And whether it’s good or bad, having only 2 points will make them enter the final round as the “bottom of the group” and be eliminated for good. It’s possible.

Because of the “unpolished” nature that was shown since the first match.

There is a direct inverse possibility that Denmark may not go “anywhere”, causing heartache for fans as usual.