William Clem

Clem: The Double is our goal

F.C. Copenhagen youngster William Clem says the team have their eyes on doing the double this season, as they prepare for Wednesday's Danish Cup semi-final first leg against FC Nordsjælland.

Clem, 18, made his Lions debut in a cup match back in the autumn. And he's looking forward to the semi-final in Farum against the Superliga's second-placed team.

"It's a tournament that we have to win - and it's been a long time since we last did it, so it's a clear goal for us to do the double this year. But we know that FCN are a really good team we have great respect for them. They're a team that are also playing for both trophies," says Clem.

The Lions' most recent Danish Cup triumph came in 2017, when Brøndby were defeated 3-1 in the final in Parken. This year's final will also be played at the national stadium on Ascension Day on 18 May.

'We have to take control'
"A semi-final over two legs makes it a slightly different prospect than usual, so we must secure a useful result to take back to Parken next week," says Clem.

"We have to take a little better control of the games and have longer periods on our terms instead of on the opponents'. It is mainly about holding on to the ball better, but also keeping a higher tempo in the game. But we are in a good position and know what we have to prepare for up in Farum."

The team is used to midweek games
The cup tie only adds to what is a busy spring schedule for Clem and his teammates. But he says he wouldn't have it any other way.

"It is an exciting period that we are entering now, where everything must be decided both in the cup and in the Superliga. It will be hectic, but we are used to playing many games, as we also did every week in the autumn. Now it's about finding the small extra percentages that make the difference," he adds.

FCK kick off at FC Nordsjælland at 6pm on Wednesday. There is a full travelling section of Lions fans, and the game is being broadcast live on DR2.