The world champions luckily avoided relegation to Group B of the Nations League thanks to support from Croatia, but France’s form curve is pointing downwards ahead of the World Cup in Qatar. “I will not paint the situation black,” said national coach Didier Deschamps after the 2-0 defeat in Denmark on Sunday evening, also with a view to the current injury situation, but he sent a warning to his players afterwards: After this “note” in Copenhagen, he will ” no more excuses,” said Deschamps, the players must be ready for “what Qatar awaits us”. The Danes, on the other hand, triggered a euphoric mood similar to that at the EM 2021 when they defeated the world champions in the national stadium in Parken. However, because Croatia won in Austria in the parallel game in the group, Denmark missed despite goals from Dolberg (33rd) and Skov Olsen ( 39.) the Nations League Final Four tournament.
In addition to Croatia, the Netherlands will also be there next spring. In the group ‘final’ against neighboring Belgium, a late goal from Virgil van Dijk secured Louis van Gaal’s side a 1-0 home win. It’s been 15 games team already undefeated with the former FC Bayern coach. Van Gaal commented in Van Gaal fashion: “If our streak lasts until the end of the year then we’ll be world champions.”