Denmark and Tunisia, two next difficult opponents for the Blues

There are good results, frankly bad ones, and ones that really don’t satisfy anyone. The meeting between Tunisia and Denmark, Tuesday 22 November, falls in this gray area. However, the Education City Stadium, in the inner suburbs of Doha, was more like a red tide. Opponents of the France team in group D of the World Cup 2022, Danes and Tunisians could not decide between each other (0-0) for their entry into the race in Qatar. At the end of this physical and committed game, the coach of the Blues, Didier Deschamps, and his troops are warned: their next two oppositions will not be a piece of cake.

“We knew it would be difficult against Denmark, but we didn’t come here to draw.”blasts Tunisian midfielder Aïssa Laïdouni. “For us, this game is a lost opportunity to pocket three points.”, facing Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, player of the Danish Dynamite. In an excited atmosphere – one of the first of the competition – that evokes the suburbs of Tunis more than that of the capital of Qatar, the fans of the Eagles of Carthage, with a large community in Qatar, owned the premises taken. And uninhibited their national selection.

Driven by an abundant desire, throwing themselves at all the balls – sometimes several – and maintaining constant pressure on the semi-finalists of the last Euro, the Tunisians started the match better than the on-loan Danes, despite a clear desire to play “We tried to stamp our identity in this gameexplains the Tunisian trainer, Jalel Kadri, satisfied with the work of his flock. On a technical level, the players showed that they are in good shape and on a physical level that they have enormous qualities. »

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Facing Australia in the next game before completing their group stage with a long-awaited duel against France, the Tunisians are not hiding their ambitions. “We are not a surprise. Why should we be surprised? », says Aïssa Laïdouni. For the midfielder from Ferencvaros (Hungary), who set the tone in the game from the start, by multiplying decisive interventions and harangues to the public, the first World Cup in the Arab world is “the perfect opportunity for African and Arab teams to show that they are great teams, with quality”. Keeping a clean sheet in the World Cup for the first time since 1978, the Eagles just failed to realize their opportunities; just like their opponents of the day.

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