Australia defender Aziz Behich has said that the Socceroos are confident and upbeat ahead of the second World Cup group stage game against Denmark. Australia put in a strong performance against France during their opening match of the tournament but they eventually succumbed to a 2-1 defeat with Behich registering an unfortunate own goal.
Speaking ahead of the Denmark game, Behich admitted that the team have forgotten the previous result and they are now keen to show the progress made under the management of Bert van Marwijk, he said: “We’re confident going into tomorrow… I think we’ve come a long way from when [head coach] Bert first took over… We’ve showed it in the last game and we want to improve on that… The boys are really confident and upbeat about tomorrow. From the last game, obviously, we didn’t get the end result, which was disappointing. So, look, we analysed the game, and we’ve been working hard the last month or so preparing for that game. I think we showed a lot of good signs.”
Agent Bayram Tutumlu has revealed that Barcelona had expressed an interest in signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur during the last transfer window. However, a deal could not materialise for the Denmark international with his representative Martin Schoots said to have hampered the move.
In a report covered by Calciomercato, Tutumlu said: “I was invited to see Christian Eriksen in London in September, even though he was having a renovation of the house, and here he asked me what to do to get to a bigger club. I told him that a bigger club wants him. I also told Christian Eriksen that Barcelona is looking at more things when buying a player, not just his football qualities. And it ended with the fact that they bought Coutinho instead. This is because alone, his agent (Martin Schoots) has destroyed it for him.” (more…)
Christian Eriksen’s agent has said that it is always a compliment for his client to be associated with some of Europe’s elite. The Denmark international, who is currently in the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur, has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid of late, with the latter said to be planning a major squad overhaul for the summer.
Speaking to Danish newspaper BT, Martin Schoots said: “I don’t comment on rumours much. But when clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United are mentioned, it’s always a compliment. Since Christian was 14-years-old, big clubs have shown interest. The first were Chelsea, AC Milan, and Barcelona, since then there has been no transfer window without any offer or interest. It is not all clubs known by the press. ‘Christian is not a guy who wants to talk too much. He talks with his feet.”
Denmark coach Morten Olsen has expressed his displeasure at the way his star midfielder, Christian Eriksen, has been treated by Tottenham Hotspur since the season came to a close.
Eriksen is undoubtedly one of the best players in the Denmark national team, but also feels that he has been looking extremely tired in recent games and during the training sessions. This is largely because Tottenham have been involved in an end of season tour. The tour of Australia and Malaysia has seen Spurs play a number of friendly matches with Eriksen being involved in most of them.
The 23-year-old is one of the most heavily used players by manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League campaign. He featured in all 38 games with only one of them not from the start. He was also a regular in almost every competition. This saw him rack up 42 appearances in all competitions.Eriksen was clearly one of the top players in the team after he returned an impressive 13 goals from this matches. His goal tally is especially great considering that he is a playmaker who comes forward to support the strikers. The concerns from Olsen were ahead of the crucial Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Serbia. Denmark are second in the group behind Portugal. (more…)