West Ham United players during a round of appreciation at the end of the Premier League game at the London Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021.
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Frederik Alves says that he and his Danish team-mates are going to the knockout phase of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship with confidence.
The Danes will face Germany in the quarter-finals on Monday evening after they have played in all 13 games, that they have previously contested have remained undefeated. They won eight and drew two in the qualifying round before winning all three games in the group stage to reach the last eight.
Alves was part of the squad in most of those games. He won the qualifying round against Northern Ireland and Malta and replaced the group stage victory against Russia, who prepared the meeting with Germany.
The tie will be played at the MOL Aréna Sóstó in the Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár, where the 21st -Year-old believes Denmark have the quality to beat their opponents and reach the semi-finals.
“I’m looking forward to seeing all the boys again in the group stage and I’m very positive about the upcoming game against Germany,” he said Central defender who started after twelve games for West Ham’s U23 in Premier League 2 Division 1. Joining Danish club Silkeborg in January.
“In the group stage, the boys and I really learned how much quality our team was against Big and small opponents have what gives us the mentality to play either as underdogs or as favorites. “
Denmark really stood out in the group stage, scoring six Goals without an answer in victories against France, Iceland and Russia to reach the top of their section with nine out of nine points.
Meanwhile, opponents Germany only won once and played their other two games to finish second behind the Netherlands. Alves believes the Danes have what it takes to beat the 2019 runner-up and reach a semi-final with the Netherlands or France and France may reach the final for the first time in their country’s history.
“We have France defeated 1-0 in the group stage. I think we can beat any team! ” he has confirmed. “Since I’ve been on this team, I’ve only seen very high levels of football in training and games. So I really think we can make it to the end of this competition!”
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