Simon Kjær interview after Denmark's 2-1 defeat against France
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Simon Kjær interview after Denmark's 2-1 defeat against France

Interview: DR · 26 Nov 2022

Interview with Simon Kjær on 26 November 2022 after the World Cup 2022 match between France and Denmark. Simon Kjær didn't play, but was interviewed afterwards. This is what he said about the 2-1 defeat.

Simon Kjær interview

Simon Kjær, what has been talked about in the lockerroom here after the match?

Simon Kjær: "That when we get this far in a match, we have to shut down. And then that result has to hold. And at the same time it is also important to get up and take care of it again. It may sound a bit harsh and a bit naive but we have to win the last match and that is where it will all be decided. And we are hoping that the French will do their work."

You have played so many matches for Denmark from the start, so it is probably not so nice to sit on the bench for a World Cup match. How do you think the young people did in here?

Simon Kjær: "Well, it's terrible to sit out there on the bench, I'll never get used to it. I actually think the boys did it really, really well at times, playing against a really, really good team that has some top skills that are completely unique. We're a bit lucky in some situations - actually create some great chances - at the same time we also have the opportunity to get ahead 2-1. It's football. And then the last ball - it's together with the first goal they get it's just... these are some of the small details that I have sometimes mentioned in football. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't go your way. Then they have some big chances that got our way. That's football."

"The boys did it really, really well at times, playing against a very good team, that has some top skills that are completely unique."

- Simon Kjær, captain of the Danish national football team



I didn't quite hear, what was the reason you started out?

Simon Kjær: "I have a small problem in my thigh which means that I couldn’t play 90 minutes today anyway. Maybe it wasn't so much more in the head that said I wasn't fit to fight today. It was probably a little more physically, what can you say, and the will... So I just have a few things I need to manage, but I also expect to get that."

Looks like you're ready to jump in if Nelson has to go out with the ankle there?

Simon Kjær: "Yes, it's a bit like the situation you can be in, let's put it this way. I think it was good for the thigh that I didn't enter. Since there are 45 minutes left... If I had to stand low there for the last 10 minutes. I told Kasper I should probably be ready for that, but I think this was best, physically, today."

And here at the end, the thigh, against Australia. Do you think it will be clear for that?

Simon Kjær: "I expect 100 percent that it does. That is also why no chances were taken today. It was a good dialogue about it, but at the same time I was also happy that there was someone else who had to make the decision for me. Because although I have played many matches, although I have tried a lot, I will never be very good at saying: 'It's probably best I skip today'."

It's good that there are others who are more rational. Thanks for that.


Many thanks to Randi for the English translation.