La Rojita await ‘difficult’ Danes

Spain Under-21 trio David de Gea, Rodrigo Moreno and Martin Montoya are fully aware of the difficult task awaiting them in facing Denmark in qualifying.

La Rojita topped their qualification group but must now face the Danes in a two-legged play-off for a place in next summer’s European Under-21 Championship in Israel.

“The game with be very difficult,” commented goalkeeper De Gea ahead of the first leg clash set to be played in Burgos on Thursday.

“Denmark arrives into this unbeaten from the group stage and are strong physically, so we’re going to find it really hard in both games.

“We need to be 100 per cent, start at our best and get a good result here to make it a little easier out in Denmark.”

It was a similar message echoed by striker Rodrigo, who so far as seven goals from eight appearances at this level.

“It will be a difficult game, but we face it as we do the rest of the qualifying matches. Clearly when we play at home we do much better.

“We must get a result here and keep a clean sheet to go to Denmark next week more relaxed.”

Meanwhile, full-back Montoya was equally concerned about the competitive structure of reaching the tournament.

“Denmark have good options in their squad. They are a tall group, strong and very good technically. We have to be at a good level and work as a group, as we have been doing and hope that things go well.

“I think that qualifying is unfair, though, because despite being first in the group stage, now we have to play these games against Denmark and a lot can happen.”

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