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The cut-throat captain: I have never been better

BASEL (Ekstra Bladet): With rigid and focused gaze took in Simon Kjær place on the podium, with Kasper Schmeichel and Åge Hareide as sidekammerater. But most

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The cut-throat captain: I have never been better

BASEL (Ekstra Bladet): With rigid and focused gaze took in Simon Kjær place on the podium, with Kasper Schmeichel and Åge Hareide as sidekammerater.

But most experienced players have tried it so many times before. The monotonous and tedious press conferences are also a part of life as a professional. When qualifying kicks off with the difficult away match here in Basel, is the sixth qualification with Simon Kjær.

From a more anonymous role in the beginning to be him, now swinging his baton and take the lead in Denmark's struggle to get to the european championship next summer, where two of the group matches to be played in the Park.

On the day, where's the captain rounds the 30, he has also hit the peak of his career after almost 500 matches at the highest international level. He rounds at the same time, cap number 87 and grind directly into the top 10 ranking of the players with the most appearances.

I have never been better than I am right now. It assesses the I out from the season, I have the game combined with my physical and mental state. I have it good, where my family and I find ourselves in life right now, he explains.

Simon Kjær has Åge Hareides had not only evolved as the greece, and great leader, he has been a prominent figure in the locker room, where he, in virtue of the anførerjobbet have a decisive voice.

A focused and determined Simon Kjær at the press conference ahead of Tuesday's european championship qualifier against Switzerland. Photo: Lars Poulsen.

It was also the captain during the WORLD cup finals took the initiative to send Jonas Knudsen home on a quick visit to Denmark, as he was the father. Landsholdskammeraterne sponsored a taxafly.

Simon Kjær is also on the council, when Hareide decisions. National coach has teamed up with Kjaer, Eriksen and Schmeichel as the three experienced, which has great influence on what is going on when landsholdstruppen is assembled.

He has never been the type who shouts up the outside of the track, but he entered much more into the character, after he got anførerbindet two years ago.

- To get anførerbindet has developed me both as a player and as a person, he believes.

Although Simon Kjær is now turn 30, he has certainly no plans for the current qualification shall be the last for him.

- It will be too early to draw sticks. There should be plenty of good football left in me, " he says with a wry smile.

the national Coach Åge Hareide takes his captain, Simon Kjær, with on the council, when decisions must be made. Photo: Lars Poulsen.

It is in Kjær's time as captain the national team has been out in the big crises in relation to the cooperation with DBU. The captain has been at the forefront and defended the players and taken the beating, that has been necessary. It took the blow and serious scratches in the paint last fall, when the conflict was at its highest.

Simon Kjær fought for a collective landsholdsaftale, so landsholdsspillerne also in the future be honoured equally regardless of status in the squad.

- In connection with the conflict, we reached the bottom. Once in a while you just lay down flat and take the beating you get. Now we come on and look to the future. It has been good to get Peter Møller into a direktørrolle, says Simon Kjær explains:

- We players must be open, approachable and available. It is part of our job. Last Monday at the fan-event was a good step on the way. I sense the popularity is rising, but it could also come down, says the captain, with a wry smile.

said about Kjaer

”Simon has really lifted as captain. From him who has not said the most to him, who now control things.

I have great respect for the responsibilities, Simon has taken upon himself both on and off the field. He has made it great and, by virtue of the routine, he is more confident. He performs as a leader with great authority.”

Nicolai Jørgensen.


” He's a bit of the old school, but a role model as a leader. I have big respect for Simon. Both as a person and player. He has taken very many matches for this team in recent years. No one should be in doubt about the importance he has had for the here squad”

Thomas Delaney


”I met Simon for the first time in U21-national team, where he only played one game, before he moved up to the adults. It speaks for itself that he is among the top ten players with the most appearances for Denmark, and he is our captain. He is the head of the group and to him are all listening to. It says a lot about his character. He will probably be embarrassed that I say this: He is a really good player and captain.”

Kasper Schmeichel


”I prefer a fielder as captain and be able to select many. But Simon has the experience to be captain. I am very pleased with him.

Åge Hareide

Three ways to defeat Switzerland

Christian Eriksen will certainly Granit Xhaka as the overcoat. But kreatøren will have a crucial role to play when the game must quickly be reversed. The rapid change can catch the swiss did in the imbalance. There were many attempts to dangerous situations on Saturday for Georgia, but they lacked the offensive quality to exploit it. The quality of the danes.

Åge Hareide expects that Switzerland is a little tired after the long journey home from Georgia the night of Sunday. Therefore, one of the roads to the Danish success can be a very aggressive pressure, which can overrumple the home team. The danes must sit directly in the hamstrings on the home team from the start. It can give bolderobringer high on the track and stressing them.

In Saturday against Georgia played for the swiss, both with three and four in the bagkæden. But no matter how they make up, it is sometimes a risky style of play, they practice. There are opportunities for the danes in those situations, because more of the players in the bagkæden take big chances. Add to this, that captain Stephan Lichtsteiner has become the 35 and is no longer among the fastest.

Landsholdsfodbold - 26. mar. 2019 - at. 13:37, his Career is driven in the ditch,

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