Nations League: Belgium must be wary of Danish threat - Courtois

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois warns its supporters not to expect a routine win for the top-ranked team when it hosts Denmark.

Begium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. - REUTERS

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has warned its supporters not to expect a routine win for the top-ranked team when it hosts Denmark in the Nations League on Wednesday.

Belgium needs only draw to ensure its place in the final four next October after beating England 2-0 in Leuven on Sunday in an impressive display of its potential.

Yet the Real Madrid goalkeeper cautioned against high expectations for the visit of the Danes, who must win if they are to top the group instead.

“We must not think that we will just pitch up and win,” Courtois told a news conference on the eve of the match at Leuven, some 30km from Brussels.

'Won't be easy'

“We will have to show it on the field again. It is exactly a sort of final, we must have that fixed in our heads. Denmark are a good team, they won in England (last month). They’ve got a host of players who play in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga.

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“We will be keen to show what we can do but it won’t be easy, A three or 4-0 is out the question.”

Belgium was in a similar position two years ago in the inaugural edition of the Nations League, going into its last game at Switzerland.

“We were 2-0 up after 10 minutes and probably thought we had won it already. That was a mistake. But we learnt from it. Of that I’m sure,” Courtois said of the 5-2 defeat that saw the Swiss reach the final tournament in Lisbon instead.

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