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Olsen to pick same XI for Portugal

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 12 Jun 2012


Denmark coach Morten Olsen will name an unchanged line-up for his team’s Euro 2012 Group B match against Portugal.

Olsen’s side sprung the surprise of the tournament so far on Saturday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 in Kharkiv.

And the 62-year-old plans to give the same players an opportunity to repeat their heroics when they meet Portugal in Lviv on Wednesday.

“(We will play) against Portugal exactly the same way that we did against Netherlands,” he said.

“These are two countries (Denmark and Portugal) that really know each other, as we met in qualification for the World Cup and the Euros,” he said, referring to his team’s 2-1 win over Portugal in European Championship qualifying last October.

“We have been the lucky ones. It took luck to get where we are today. It’s not just form, it’s also a little luck.”

“There are many things that can influence a game, but as it looks now, as we say in Danish, both choose from full shelves.

“We come with a good feeling from the first game, that’s not a lie. Victory begets confidence.

Olsen feels Denmark are still the underdogs in the group, but acknowledged the win over the Dutch gives them enormous confidence.

“We are not favourites against Portugal, we weren’t against the Netherlands and we won’t be against Germany,” he said.

“When we play Norway we are favourites, but not against these teams.

“Of course if you don’t take points from the first game, you don’t have the same confidence. But I saw the match against Germany. The Portuguese played well and deserved a point surely. They had a bad result but they played a good game.

“We are not trying to play only for one point, we always try to win. But if afterwards we only get one point that’s ok. But we always play to win.”


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