Denmark returns to Euro 2020, and inevitably the thoughts turn to Christian Eriksen.
Even if there won't be, the one at Copenhagen's Parken against Belgium, a stone's throw from the hospital where the Inter is hospitalized ("he is behind the stadium, from the window Christian sees the Parken, and he will probably be able to hear the audience. who will put on the Denmark shirt and look at us ", says coach Kasper Hjulmand), it will inevitably be his match, that is to say that of the one who should have been one of the main protagonists.
Probably together with his club mate, and now opponent in the national team, Romelu Lukaku, who thinks of the man before the player and would like to visit him: "I have already talked about it with the coach Martinez - he reveals -. Tomorrow after the match I will send a message to Christian. Now I'll let him spend some time in peace with his family. " The coach was less of a chance: "Romelu would have liked to visit him, but now the priority goes to the family".
In any case, the coach and center forward, as well as all the others from Belgium, agree on one thing: to pay homage to the opponent who, against Finland, risked having a bad end.
"At 10 'of the match (10 is Eriksen's jersey number in Denmark ed) we will put out the ball - reveals Lukaku -, we will stop the game and we will applaud in honor of Eriksen, together with Denmark". Martinez confirms: "We want to send a message to Eriksen: we hope to see him soon on the pitch, and above all in good health. This is why we want to celebrate him at the start of the match. Football is not the same without Eriksen, we hope for his good recovery".
But beyond the fair play, tomorrow's match will already be a match that counts, with a view to the round of 16, which for Belgium will become a certainty if they win. "It will be an important match, both for us and for Denmark", underlines Martinez,who then explains that he has recovered Witsel and does not think about the presence of De Bruyne.
Lukaku, on the other hand, will try to continue on the path to scoring, because "after winning my first title (with Inter ed), I have even more confidence in myself, and I try to score as many goals as I can. that now it's easier for me to find the right solution to score. " They ask him if for this test, which he defines as "challenging", Belgium needs the help of a mental coach, he looks at the interlocutor in amazement and replies: "We don't need it, because mentally we are strong enough and we have experience of We don't have to worry, even if tomorrow's will be a tough test because the Danes will be highly motivated after what has happened.and tomorrow's will be an important test to understand where we can go.
And Denmark? "We will have the stadium on our side, and it is an advantage - comments coach Hjulmand -. But we must try to play the best possible match. Certainly it is not easy to stop someone like Lukaku: we talked about him, because he is a decisive player, and a lot strong. But they are not Lukaku: Belgium is very strong ".