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Gus on Denmark clash

Posted on 14 June 2002  - 12:00

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Gus Poyet feels that it is better for England to play a European team in the first knock-out stage of the World Cup.

By finishing second in the group behind Sweden, England avoided Senegal and a journey into the unknown, and now face Denmark on Saturday. Gus says this is a positive for England.

"I think it is better for England to play against a European team," pondered Gus. "It is better because you know what to expect.

"When you play against an African team like Senegal... Yes, they can concede goals but, Mamma Mia, what pace up front! People running and breaking at speed - so I think Denmark is better for England.

"But now it is up to them. On Saturday we start to see the real games, now you have to win. It's not like before when say one point was alright.

"Now you have to win we should see even better football."

Denmark are set out in very much an old English fashion - two central midfielders whose job it is to supply the ball to two wingers.

"I think that is the game," agreed Gus. "Like I said before, you know what to expect, you have two central midfielders always trying to play the ball to the two wingers - one against one and they cross the ball.

"If you let them cross the ball, sooner or later they will score because the striker Tomasson is magnificent. So I'd say it is very important to stop the two wingers."

So with Gus's original tips - France and Argentina - out, who now for the World Cup?

"It could be anyone. It could be England, it could be Spain - it's still early. I would really like to see a country that plays well as a team do well in the World Cup."


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