Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted that he and his Denmark teammates are keen to avenge their showing at last year’s World Cup when they turn out for their country in the upcoming international fixtures.
Being one of the leaders of the Spurs dressing room, Hojbjerg would likely have not taken kindly to Antonio Conte’s accusation on Saturday of all the players at the club being selfish and playing for themselves (Football.London).
In fact, the midfielder was one of the few Tottenham players to talk publicly about the Italian’s comments, hinting that the 53-year-old was not ‘specific’ enough with his criticism for the players to take anything on board and improve (Guardian).
Like most Tottenham stars, Hojbjerg would probably be relieved to move away from the environment at Spurs for a week and link up with the Denmark side, who take on take on Finland and Kazakhstan in UEFA Euro qualifiers.
The Tottenham man admitted that Kasper Hjulmand’s men have a point to prove when they take to the field this week for the first time since their poor showing in Qatar.
Hojbjerg told Ekstra Bladet: “You could call it a desire for revenge to wipe the slate clean.
“I think it’s only good because it means something to you.
“For me, it is very much about showing that we are still good.
“Obviously, the picture painted in Qatar is very different to what we’ve been doing for a long time.
“There are also a lot of new players this time around. That can sometimes help things along. That there may not be so many hangovers from Qatar.”
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In many ways, the international break came at the perfect time for all the Tottenham players as it allows them some time to perhaps reflect on Conte’s comments rather than having to confront the head coach immediately when the wounds were still raw.
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