Denmark had to come through the play offs to qualify for the World Cup this summer, but after their 5-1 destruction of Ireland in Dublin, you can't deny that the Scandinavians deserve a spot in Russia.
An exciting team with a balance of youth and experience, Denmark have the capacity to be the surprise package at the World Cup. Christian Eriksen is amongst the best players in the world, and with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel supported by a defensive axis of Andreas Christensen and Simon Kjaer, the Danes will be a match for any nation.
If you're looking for a challenge on FIFA 18’s World Cup update, Denmark may just be the country for you. A kind group will allow you time to ease into the competition before causing some serious shocks in the knockout stages. RealSport gives you all you need in setting up with Denmark for the tournament.
Denmark have a four star rating on the World Cup update. This is made up by a 76 attack, 79 midfield and 76 defence.
Denmark’s potential World Cup fixtures
Round of 16
Brazil or Belgium
Germany or France
Considering they came through the play offs, this is a dream draw for Denmark. The fact their fixtures get harder as the group stages goes along is a blessing, as they should have six points on the board before they face the giants of France. Look to rack up the goals against World Cup debutants Peru and the timid Australians, as topping Group C may come down to goal difference.
The matchup against France to complete the group is huge, but chances are, you will finish second in the group and go on to face Lionel Messi’s Argentina. The South Americans, despite their attacking talent, are vulnerable, and that is a tough but winnable tie for the Danes.
It would then be the likes of Spain, Brazil and Germany for the remainder of the tournament, and you struggle to see a way past any of those sides for Denmark. Can you do you unthinkable and plot a deep run into the tournament with this Danish side?
Denmark use the offensive 4-3-3 attack formation, and you should stick to this, but it may be worth experimenting with a 3-4-1-2 in kick-off mode.
Reliable stopper Kasper Schmeichel (87 GK reflexes) is in goal, as Simon Kjaer and defensive rock Andreas Christensen (88 standing tackle) are flanked by Jens Stryger Larsen and Riza Durmisi in defence.
Daniel Wass and Thomas Delaney are in midfield, as the mercurial Christian Eriksen (90 ball control) operates in attacking midfield. Pione Sisto and Martin Braithwaite are in the wide areas with Nicolai Jorgensen as a traditional number 9.
With an 89 overall rating, you must be looking to get architect Christian Eriksen (90 vision) on the ball as much as possible. You will want to free up the Tottenham midfielder, so head to the instructions tab and on positioning freedom select ‘free roam’. Not only that, but his support runs on crosses should be altered to ‘stay on edge of box for cross’ and defensive support to ‘stay forward’.
For a so-called ‘lesser nation’, Denmark have a very attacking system. It is, therefore, vital that there is balance in midfield, and you tell one of your defensive midfielders to ‘stay back while attacking’ for attacking support. This is most likely to be Werder Bremen man Thomas Delaney.
There is some pretty useful pace out wide for Denmark in the form of Martin Braithwaite (86 sprint speed) and Pione Sisto (85 sprint speed). They line up in wing positions, so they should be looking to ‘get in behind’ for their support runs.
Against France and in the knockout stages, you may have to think differently. The 4-3-3 attack is very offensive, and you should, at a minimum, be looking to bring in a more defensively aware central midfielder than Daniel Wass. Lasse Schone should be the man to come in, and if you wish you can move Eriksen out wide and play Wass as the number 10. Other things you can do is alter the system to a 4-2-3-1 wide, or simply slide into a defensive mentality using the D-pad.
A Great Danish upset
Reaching the Round of 16 is perhaps the realistic goal for Denmark, but hypothetically speaking, if you were to play both France and Argentina, you should back your own ability to cause an upset. So, a trip to the quarter-finals is within your grasp, but you will need every ounce of quality in this Danish squad.
The players’ ratings may not be astronomic, but they all offer something different. Whether it be a competent defence, creativity in midfield or pace out wide, you can cause the opposition some serious trouble as you plot a deep run at the World Cup, with Denmark never previously reaching beyond the quarter-finals.
Denmark squad player ratings
|Andreas Christensen||22||CB CDM||Chelsea||82|
|Jens Stryger Larsen||27||RB LB||Udinese||73|
|Riza Durmisi||24||LB LWB||Real Betis||73|
|Andreas Bjelland||29||CB LB||Brentford||72|
|Jonas Knudsen||25||LB CB||Ipswich||71|
|Christian Eriksen||26||CAM RM LM CM||Tottenham||89|
|Daniel Wass||28||CM CAM||Celta Vigo||80|
|Thomas Delaney||26||CM CDM||Werder Bremen||78|
|Lasse Schone||32||CM CDM||Ajax||77|
|Martin Braithwaite||26||CAM ST LM||Bordeaux||75|
|Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg||22||CM CDM||Southampton||75|
|Michael Krohn-Dehli||34||CM LM CDM CAM||Deportivo La Coruna||74|
|Lukas Lerager||24||CM CDM||Bordeaux||74|
|William Kvist||33||CM CDM||Copenhagen||73|
|Pione Sisto||23||LW LM RW||Celta Vigo||78|
|Viktor Fischer||23||LW ST CAM||Copenhagen||74|
|Rasmus Falk Jensen||26||RW LW||Copenhagen||73|
|Lasse Vibe||31||ST RM||Changchun Yatai||71|
|Nicolaj Thomsen||25||LW CM RB||Copenhagen||69|