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Tuesday, 4 June, 2002, 22:11 GMT 23:11 UK
Gravesen attacks ex-coach
Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen
Gravesen played in the win over Uruguay
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Denmark midfielder Thomas Gravesen has hailed coach Morten Olsen, and slammed his predecessor for being too defensive.

The 26-year-old Everton player took the chance to criticise Bo Johansson for his time in charge of the national team.

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"To change from a defensively minded coach to an attacking coach is a big step forward," Gravesen told Berlingske Tidende newspaper.

"We now have a clearly defined way of playing, and we have a team with players from the same youth team, spiced up with some incredibly skilled and experienced players.

"The team has only been together for two years, and I'm sure we can be successful if we manage to stay together."

Gravesen, who didn't make the World Cup in France in '98 because of injury, believes there are no stars in the present Danish XI.

"The team is the key player now," he says.

In other news, reserve striker Peter Madsen was injured on Tuesday, twisting his right knee during shooting practice.

An official announcement on the seriousness of his injury will be made in two days.

Meanwhile, Niclas Jensen, who replaced veteran Jan Heintze as Denmark's left-back against Uruguay, says he could start against Senegal.

"I have to admit that I feel closer to a starting place than I did before, and I'll be ready if I'm called upon," he told Berlingske Tidende.

Jan Heintze has announced he will retire after the World Cup, at the age of 38.


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