World Cup qualification. Salzburg legionnaire Rasmus Kristensen, 24, can book the Qatar ticket with Denmark on Tuesday – just against Austria. “We are a very good team!”
Copenhagen. Representing his country at a major event is one of Rasmus Kristensen’s great career goals. The Salzburg legionnaire could fix the World Cup ticket for Qatar 2022 on Tuesday (8.45 p.m., live, ORF1) with the Danish team against Austria of all places. The Danes go to the party as a favorite in Copenhagen. You have won all seven previous Group F qualifiers to zero.
“A look at the table says a lot in this case,” said Kristensen, 24. “But we are not only favorites, we have a home game, we are a really good team with a lot of quality.” major European leagues Austria coldly 4-0 in Vienna, then they stormed into the semifinals at the EM. Why should the Danish be put over the Austrian team? Kristensen grinned. He completed his first senior international match in a 1-0 win in the Faroe Islands in September. That was an honor, and a childhood dream has also come true.
The right-back had to wait a long time, however, the competition in his position is great with Valencia’s Daniel Wass and the ex-Austrian Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese Calcio). Atalanta Bergamo star Joakim Maehle can also play this role. Kristensen still makes it for the double against the Republic of Moldova (4-0) and Austria in the 23-man squad of team boss Kasper Hjulmand. “That gives me strength and self-confidence, also for my goals with Salzburg”, said the “Viking”.
Kristensen was once the captain of the Danish U21s. He matured into a leading player in Salzburg and wears the armband when Andreas Ulmer is absent. “It just happens in certain situations that some players go ahead and then take responsibility,” he says. Above all, it is important that you always remain authentic and that you do not pretend. Kristensen is considered an undamaged worker, he recently reached a new level with the bulls.
After his five million transfer from Ajax Amsterdam to Salzburg in the summer of 2019, he still had to struggle with slight adjustment difficulties. “At first I had to get used to a different kind of football. But I also had several injuries during this phase. ”Knee and thigh problems set him back. Now it is impossible to imagine the successful ensemble without him.
Kristensen’s contract in Salzburg runs until 2025 – although it is quite possible that he will also arouse desires before that. Not least when he goes to the World Cup with Denmark. (Red.)
(“Die Presse”, print edition, October 11th, 2021)