Denmark can make round of 16 at World Cup, says striker Fetai

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Denmark will progress through Group E at the World Cup in South Africa and reach the second round, says Danish striker Bajram Fetai.

Fetai, 24, currently plays for the Danish club FC Nordsjaelland. He failed to make the 23-man World Cup squad but he was widely considered a player of great pontential. Following is the Q&A between him and Xinhua reporters:

Xinhua: What are the most important factors behind Danish qualification for the World Cup?

Fetai: I think Danish team has really good solid team spirit. It is no the individual players that wins for Denmark, It is the team. The squad is build up by fighting for each other. They really want to do well for each other. Not like they play for themselves, they play for the team. For me, that is the most important. They have good relations and they fight for each other. The Danish team has always been a technical way. The coach Morten Olsen had been coaching the Holland's club, Ajax, and Holland play really good attack football. He brought that culture and those ideas from Holland to Denmark. You can see the formation that they played 4-3-3, a lot of Dutch style, Holland style. They played really offensive. Technically they have been very good. There are a lot of players that have high technical level. And also now they have Nicklas Bentner, Jon Dahl Tomassen. They are strong, and they have Daniel Agger as the defender. I think the defense likes really solid. It is a compact team and all the positions filled out very well.

Xinhua: You think the Danish national team is more of a defensive or offensive team?

Fetai: I think the team is more offensive, but still we have some really good defensive as well. In the team you have to have good defenders, you need to have good attackers. If you look the perspective, both the attacker and defender looks really technical way. That is the key for Denmark.

Xinhua: How do you think the performance of the Danish national team in the warm-up games?

Fetai: Of course, you want to win every game and every time you win your confident get higher. Though they played against Australia, they lost. They played against South Africa, they lost. But still, I don't think you can really use the warm-up for anything else but fitness. The most important for Danish team is to get in shape on Monday they play the first game. And I know that they are really on that.

Xinhua: The World Cup's new ball produced controversy and the latest experiment proved that it is different from the other balls in World Cup. What do you think?

Fetai: That is typically the goal keepers. But I have played with that ball. I think it is excellent. Most of the players they said they like the ball. So it is the goal keepers they don't like it. As a player, you don't really mind what kind of ball it is. The ball is round which is the most important. But I think for the player it is a nice ball to shot with.

Xinhua: How is the players' current status? What kind of role you think Bentner played in the team?

Fetai: He has a great personality. He has a lot confidence. And of course he means a lot to the team. He is the player that scores a lot for the team. But because of his injury, of course when you have an important and you don't know how to fill out his role, this may directly affect the team's performance. I don't think it is good for Nicklas Bentner to play when he is injured. The captain Jon Dahl Tomassen is a really important player for the team as well. He has been played in a lot big clubs and he has a lot of experiences. The coach knows what he is doing, he knows the best player in the play. I think he gonna be ready for Monday's game for sure. Maybe he has not played very in the friendly. But I am sure he gonna do well in the World Cup. I have faith in him.

Xinhua: How far do you think the Danish national team will go this time? What is your expectation?

Fetai: I really hope they will do well. The expectation is like they could go through the group. Then there will be big achievement for them. Cameroon is a difficult team, Japan is a good team. Holland is really good, it is a difficult group. I think the team has a lot confidence and they should just take one game at a time. I hope they could make through the group stage, and then could have big chances of doing something, anyway getting through the World Cup as the leader of the group that was big.

Xinhua: The Danish national team is going to first meet Holland in the group stage, what are the advantages for Denmark?

Fetai: What I think the Advantage for Denmark is that they have really fast players in the front. They know the Holland's system really well. Like a lot of players play for Denmark has played in Holland or playing in Holland right now. They know the mentality, the playing style. They know each other. I think it gonna be a very good game, because both Holland and Denmark would like to play offensive football and what I see is of course Holland are favorite. They have a lot of staff played around Europe. But the advantage Denmark has is that they have very fast attackers. I am sure Denmark can cause problem for them. Because it is the first game of the group, everything can happen.

Xinhua: What are the Danish national team's strategy and tactics in the group stage?

Fetai: I think they should just play. I think all three matches are really important. They play Holland the first game, they play Cameroon the second and they are playing Japan the last game. If they lose to Holland, then they need to win the next two. Though they never lose to an African, but everything can happen in World Cup.

Xinhua: Can you predict the top 3 teams in the World Cup?

Fetai: I think Spain will win the World Cup. That is my favorite team. And I think England is the big candidate because they have a really good coach, and then Argentina and Brazil, of course. There are a lot of good teams, you never know. Maybe it could be an Africa team.

Source: Xinhua


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