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Danish EM-absolutely, with strong criticism: - don't care for the style

In Switzerland they have a quite good source to shed light on what Åge Hareide, and the Danish national team have up their sleeve tonight. For the swiss footb

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Danish EM-absolutely, with strong criticism: - don't care for the style

In Switzerland they have a quite good source to shed light on what Åge Hareide, and the Danish national team have up their sleeve tonight.

For the swiss football association has already a former DBU-personality employed in their own ranks.

The former national coach for the women's team, Niels Nielsen, who in 2017 to ensure the EM-silver, and has thus changed its position in Denmark with an equivalent in Switzerland' women.

Before he took over responsibility for the women in Denmark, he worked also with U18-men. Nielsen was employed for DBU in the period 2007 to 2017 - interrupted only by three years at Brøndby, as he went to in 2008.

- I know almost all the players, most of them came through the Danish talent development programme. It is a good team that is hard to beat, but the style under Morten Olsen's successor, Åge Hareide, has changed significantly. The team plays much more simple, direct, without risk and with a focus on avoiding, says Nils Nielsen, in a larger interview with bzbasel.ch.

- It is neither pretty or interesting to look at, that the players minimizes the risk, because there will be created far fewer chances to score. The team is extremely defensively strong, and there are some excellent defenders and an exceptional goalkeeper, he says.

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Åge Hareide smiles during conversation with Simon Kjær. Entertainment is, however, in the bottom, when it comes to llandsholdets style of play, believes Nils Nielsen. Photo: Lars Poulsen

Nils Nielsen praises Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel, as he calls for world-class, and then the roses he also Thomas Delaney and Simon Kjær.

The Danish coach also points to the national team is good at exploiting the weaknesses of the opponent. For example, if a back is small, so playing hard to long balls in the side of the field. The part there are roses too, but there is also much that Nils Nielsen does not care about.

the Team certainly has my respect for it (the shoal without defeat, red.), and for so small a country it is an incredible thing to achieve.

But besides the fact that I don't like about the style, I also do not believe you are going to win big on it. You can get better results by playing without risk in the short term, but in the long run, you create obstacles, even if it was how Greece won the euro 2004 and Denmark in 1992, he says.

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- It is not the only reason why I favors Morten Olsen's style - the playful, creative style. I can actually also better like Switzerland's way of playing. The swiss are able to hold onto the ball and create chances by building up itself. They are looking more towards a southern european style, where all the nordic countries now play in the same way. You can call it Swedish, says Nils Nielsen.

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