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Christian Nørgaard talks to The Guardian

Midfield player discusses Premier League life and international football

7 October 2021

As he prepared for Brentford's Premier League match against West Ham United, as well as upcoming international matches Christian Nørgaard spoke to The Guardian newspaper. In a piece published just before The Bees won at West Ham last week, Christian discussed the draw with Liverpool, which had taken place a few days before. He also reflected on his time with the Danish national team.

Christian is away with Denmark at the moment. He has earned 12 caps for his country in the past 13 months. Christian was also part of the Denmark squad that reached the last four in delayed UEFA European Championships 2020, which took place this summer across the continent.

Christian played in five of the six games as Denmark reached the Semi-Final, before losing to England at Wembley Stadium. He was an unused substitite when Denmark lost to Finland in their opening game, a day best remembered as the day Christian Eriksen needed to be revived on the pitch after a cardiac arrest. Christian reflected on that in the interview.

He said: “It was meant to be a big, big party in Copenhagen, the first time the Euros was ever held there, the opening game against Finland and then that happened, so you can imagine how that was, when you’re up here with all the expectations and how much we were all looking forward to that game and then hitting rock bottom. I think everyone learned something new about themselves that day, how they react in certain situations and situations like that which we hope will never occur again in our life. I only saw teammates that were willing to sacrifice for each other or try to help out where they could, not only players but staff as well. Many of the players, the referees and the doctors had not been in situations like this. It was amazing to see how they reacted and how they did their job in very hard circumstances.

“The national team has found the Danish fans and the Danish fans have found their national team again. We managed to get even closer, even tighter as a team. Now every game is a sellout in Parken. You receive so much support when you’re driving through Copenhagen – there are flags and red shirts everywhere. There are more important things than sport but sport can really bring people together when something like that happens.”

Christian also talked about playing golf with fellow Danish players in London as well as the connection with his countrymen at the Training Ground. The piece can be seen in full here.


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