Teemu Pukki’s threat was anticipated by Denmark ahead of the Finland match.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand will prepare his team for the threat of Teemu Pukki of Finland in their Euro 2020 opener in Copenhagen as if they were facing Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Pukki, who sustained ankle ligament damage at the end of Norwich’s Sky Bet Championship season, scored 10 of Finland’s 16 goals as they qualified for their first major tournament in second place behind Group J winners Italy.
Pukki’s fitness and form, which he regained as a substitute in last week’s friendly defeat to Estonia, will be crucial to the Eagle Owls’ chances of making an impact this summer.
Hjulmand, on the other hand, believes Denmark has done their homework on every significant player they will face at Euro 2020.
“We will analyze their capabilities and how we can prevent their dangers, just like we do with all our opponents,” Hjulmand said at a press conference.
“We’re familiar with Pukki. No one can be surprised because of the analysis we all use, and we are prepared.
“We’re not going to dismiss all of his qualities, just as you wouldn’t dismiss Messi or Ronaldo’s.
“We know what’s going to happen. We’ve talked about it and are ready for it since he’s good at what he does.
“All of the teams in the Euros are so familiar with one other — we’ve been analyzing each other for months and are well prepared.”
Pukki has been training normally for the previous ten days and has reported no new fitness difficulties with his ankle in preparation for Finland’s big moment.
“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” the Norwich forward added.
“There is a football frenzy in Finland right now, which is wonderful to witness, with a lot of support messages and fan songs.
“We don’t require any further motivation. For a long time, Finnish football has been anticipating this day.
“I’m in good form and ready to play,” he says. (This is a brief piece.)