Kasper Schmeichel feels Denmark need to be at their best if they are to get the better of the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Nations League in Dublin.
A rejuvenated Ireland will be up for revenge after their path to the World Cup got blocked by the Danish in the World Cup qualifiers. Inspired by a Christian Eriksen hattrick Denmark fought back from behind as they thrashed Martin O’Neill’side 5-1 to confirm their berth in the World Cup finals.
Eriksen will not be there once again as the player is recuperating from an injury. Schmeichel is aware of the threat Ireland pose and has alerted his teammates prior to the clash.
“It doesn’t matter if Christian’s here or not, we need to win anyway.
“You take Christian out of any team in the world and you’re going to feel it but that’s football – it’s a chance for someone else to step up and try to stake a claim.
“Christian’s a remarkably consistent player. It’s a rarity (his absence) but it is testament to how he lives his life; he’s professional, dedicated. But we need to weigh in with goals and creativity from all over the pitch.
“We know this will be really tough considering what happened last time. They will be highly motivated to exact revenge. They’re going to be looking to set the record straight but we are in no way complacent.”