The Ajax attacking midfielder is confident that his country will survive the group stages at Euro 2012, and is hopeful of one day emulating his idol Michael Laudrup
By Ashish Sharma & Stefan Coerts
Young playmaker Christian Eriksen is confident that Denmark can cause an upset at this summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.
Denmark have been drawn together with Germany, Netherlands and Portugal in Group B of Euro 2012, and are by many considered to be the underdogs to reach the quarter-finals from their section.
However, Eriksen is quick to point out that the Danes previously beat the Portuguese in the qualification campaign, and added that the Dutch are not unbeatable either.
"I am really looking forward to it [Euro 2012]. We have a really tough group, with three amazing opponents. It will be great to play against them, though," Eriksen stated exclusively to Goal.com.
"We will see how far we can go and how good we are. We did well in the qualification campaign, so we have confidence.
"We already beat Portugal before, and we hope we can do it again, and perhaps have a bit of luck against the other teams.
"Am I taking a lot of stick from the Netherlands internationals at Ajax? Of course. They think that they will beat us and qualify for the next round. But I think that we can defeat them."
The Ajax star has often been compared with illustrious compatriot Michael Laudrup, and he is eager to follow in the footsteps of the former Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid star.
However, Eriksen remains modest as he feels he is still young and has a long way to go before he can reach the same level as Laudrup.
"I am Danish, so of course Michael Laudrup is a role model for me. To be compared to a player like him is something you can only dream about.
"We also play in the same position, and have some similar characteristics. I’m still only 20 years old, though, so I still have a long way to go."
The now 47-year-old Laudrup made over 100 international appearances for Denmark, and is widely considered to be one of the best players the country has ever produced.
However, he was absent during the biggest success in Denmark's footballing history as he did not feature at Euro 1992 due to a feud with then head coach Richard Moller Nielsen.