The hero of Denmark’s qualifying campaign, Soren Larsen, believes that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon pose more of a threat to Morten Olsen’s side than Netherlands, Group E's top seeds.
The two European sides are due to go head-to-head at Johannesburg’s Soccer City on Monday afternoon, but after qualifying from a group which included Sweden and Portugal, the Duisburg forward is in confident mood ahead of the clash with the Oranje.
“I’m more nervous about the Cameroon game than the Netherlands actually,” he told FIFA. “In relation to us physically, the Netherlands are fine, but Cameroon have very big and dangerous players. That said, the Netherlands have a lot of good individuals, whereas our strength is definitely the team.”
Cameroon have very big and dangerous players.
Larsen, who scored five goals during the European preliminaries for Olsen Banden, readily admits that he is not expecting to be lifting the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy on 11 July. However, he believes that if the Danes play to their potential, they could provide a few upsets along the way.
“It’s going to be difficult for a country like Denmark to win the World Cup, as an awful lot of things would have to fall into place,” he admitted. “We’re a small country and while we can compete with any team, to win a World Cup, you’ve got to win seven games against countries with a bigger pool of talent. We’re a country of five million and we would be up against countries with 80-100 million. That said, I think we can go far.
“We’ve got to stay focused, keep organised, win possession. Keeping hold of the ball is crucial. Also, we’ve got to stand together – and stick to our game plan. If we don’t do that, then things will become difficult. This might not be the most interesting argument in the world, but it’s important.”
After two 1-0 defeats in their most recent warm-up games against Australia and South Africa, the formbook contradicts Larsen’s confident mood. Yet the tall forward insists that the squad’s morale has not been dented and that people should not read too much into the results.
“Things are pretty good,” revealed the 29-year-old. “Obviously, it hurt a bit to lose our last two friendlies, but we shouldn’t focus too much on those. We’re training now and I think there is a good intensity, it’s good and things are looking positive