Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand was left pissed off by his aspect’s scoreless draw with Tunisia in World Cup Group D on Tuesday, and by the furore over the captain’s “OneLove” armband.
Tunisia’s well-orchestrated rearguard defended in numbers and denied house to Denmark’s attacking gamers, with a header off the submit from Andreas Cornelius the closest they got here to scoring.
“Clearly, we’re not glad with this, significantly with a giant a part of the primary half and the best way we began, however it may be okay for those who rating on the finish of the match,” Hjulmand advised reporters.
“You placed on the stress that you really want and attempt to rating, however sadly we didn’t… it’s not a matter of the system, it’s extra our means to carry on to the ball. We play too slowly, and at occasions that was the issue.”
Hjulmand stated the controversy over the “OneLove” armband, which the crew needed to put on to focus on problems with variety across the World Cup, was a tough one, however the crew determined to not after unspecified “threats that have an effect on the sporting aspect” had been made.
“This has not been designed for the World Cup – standing up for variety, for each shade of individuals, that can’t and should not be a political assertion. It isn’t,” he added.
“In Denmark we’ve this slogan, ‘part of one thing greater’, and proper now I’m unsure if I’m part of one thing that I like – I just like the soccer, I like soccer. I like the range, I like all international locations, I like totally different individuals.
“However I feel it’s essential to alter course and hopefully a variety of younger progressive individuals will enter a variety of governing our bodies and ensure that we thrive and do one thing nice,” he stated.
The Danes face world champion France, a aspect they beat twice within the latest Nations League marketing campaign, of their subsequent recreation on Saturday.
“We positively had an goal of successful this one as a result of we all know in fact a outcome on this recreation might have helped us, and now it may very well be difficult,” Hjulmand stated.
“But it surely’s not over and we’re nonetheless in it, it’s one level every and now we’ve two very nice video games, and we’re wanting ahead to France.”