Facing World Cup holders France, Kristensen’s Denmark side recorded an impressive 2-0 win on Sunday night. However, with Croatia’s 3-1 win over Austria, it was not enough to see them top Nation’s League Group A1 as the Dane’s fell short.
Kristensen impressed throughout, though, and after a somewhat underwhelming start to life at Leeds this season, he will be hoping this international break is a way to kick start some form and momentum for his new club side ahead of a game against Aston Villa at Elland Road next weekend.
He played eighty-nine minutes against Ballon d’Or nominee Kylian Mbappe and co. with the substitution thought to be only tactical rather than a recurrence of an injury issue that kept him sidelined when Leeds faced Brentford earlier in the month.
Having played almost the whole game against a world class outfit, including a clean sheet, the Whites will be hoping for more of the same for a player earning his 10th cap for the national team.
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Kristensen was up against the likes of Ferland Mendy, Antoine Griezmann and, of course, Mbappe down the right side. Some fast and tricky customers, but the Leeds man held more than his own committing only one foul in the entire game – per FBref.
Not only that, but he completed three tackles. In his entire nine game career for the national team he had never completed a tackle let alone three in one game.
The 6’2″ Dane also completed three interceptions. Perhaps the early game struggles were a sign of rustiness? Against elite attackers he did more than enough on the defensive side of things. Locking down his flank completely and allowing them very little joy.
Pedro Neto and Moussa Djenepo have already caused Kristensen a headache or two early on this season, but Mbappe seemingly not a problem for a player clearly finding his feet and his form in the early part of his Leeds career, as he adapts to a new league and environment.
If he can start to play well going the other way, too, and attack the opposition box the way he did in Austria, then the Whites will have the player they initially thought they signed this summer.