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Fischer: We can't attack for 90 minutes

Denmark midfielder Viktor Fischer talks to UEFA.com about taking on the Czech hosts, "reminding ourselves to defend" and merging various styles into one team.

Viktor Fischer in action for his club side, Ajax
Viktor Fischer in action for his club side, Ajax ©Getty Images

UEFA.com: Does playing the hosts in your first game mean extra pressure?

Viktor Fischer: I don't think so. I think it means extra motivation – we're going to keep looking at it like that. Czech Republic are playing at home – hopefully it will be a full stadium – so let's see that as a really good test for us.

UEFA.com: So the players view playing against a big home crowd as a positive?

Fischer: Of course. We don't see it as an away game, though, because I think there will be a lot of Danish fans here as well. We have to keep that as a motivation as well, and look to surprise the Czechs from the start.

UEFA.com: Six of the players – including yourself – only joined up with the rest of the squad on Sunday following senior international duty. Is it difficult to integrate quickly?

Fischer: The other guys have been doing some team building before coming here so for us it's just a case of getting to know each other again after a long time away. They were training in Denmark and had a friendly against Sweden so they've been together a bit more than a week already.

UEFA.com: Denmark were top scorers in qualifying [37 goals in Group 2 alone] – does the coach look to encourage an attacking style?

Fischer: Style is not a priority for us. It's more about creating chances and winning. Often when you do that, it's nice to look at as well. We are always looking to attack when we can, but we also have to stay smart about it. If we do that, we can play some really attractive football.

Coach Jess Thorup reacts to draw
Coach Jess Thorup reacts to draw

UEFA.com: How would you summarise the coach's philosophy?

Fischer: Modern football, that's the way to express it. We have the players to come forward and play attractive football. We've got some really strong attacking players and they need to keep reminding themselves of the need to defend! The coach does that because otherwise we'd be standing up front and waiting for the ball [laughs]! It's not really like that, but we can't attack for 90 minutes, even though we'd like to. [However] the defence also looked very strong in qualifying.

UEFA.com: You are one of a number of members of the squad who plays outside of Denmark – how does these various influences impact on the style of the team?

Fischer: All players from different clubs offer something else, and that's what it's all about. We want to bring the things we've experienced to this team and then come together as one philosophy. We bring our individual qualities with us, however, and that's a great combination.

UEFA.com: You had some injury problems this season – are you feeling 100% now?

Fischer: Let's say 99% but hope for 100% by Wednesday!