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It’ll be same old negative Republic of Ireland under Mick McCarthy, predicts Jorgensen

Mathias Jorgensen
Mathias Jorgensen

By Daniel McDonnell

Mathias Jorgensen claims Denmark don’t expect Mick McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland to deviate from the negative tactics of his predecessor in tomorrow night’s Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Huddersfield Town defender has become the latest Dane, after Christian Eriksen and Thomas Delaney, to hit out at the ultra-defensive approach adopted by former Northern Ireland captain Martin O’Neill in three scoreless draws over their last four meetings.

For all the expansive play in the win over Georgia in March, Jorgensen isn’t convinced that McCarthy has the tools to seek a win in tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Copenhagen.

“You can change the manager, but cannot change the players,” the 29-year-old claimed. “It doesn’t make the style any different.

“We all know which way Ireland will play. They will come to our stadium, sit back and be happy to play for a draw. Their game plan of trying to keep us scoreless is one we’ve come to respect. They’ve managed that three times in the four games.

“However, that will be difficult for them this time because we always take the initiative when playing in front of our fans.”

The Republic head into the game with an early lead in the group, but Jorgensen was keen to put those maximum six points in context.

“Look at their two wins, 1-0 over Gibraltar and Georgia,” he noted.

“That shows Ireland are the same team we’ve faced over the past two years. Our main priority will be to watch Shane Duffy from set-pieces.”

Duffy has asserted that unsettling Eriksen is the key to success in Copenhagen. The hosts’ build-up to the qualifier has been overshadowed by the playmaker’s admission that he wants to leave Tottenham.

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