Christian on his free-kick specials!
15 February 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Having won our Goal of the Month for January with his magnificent free-kick at Sheffield United, Christian Eriksen has been speaking about the confidence of both himself and the fans every time he stands over a free-kick in shooting range.
Christian delivered when it mattered in the second leg of our Capital One Cup semi-final at Bramall Lane with the equaliser on the night just five minutes from time to take us to Wembley on a 3-2 aggregate.
But it wasn't his second goal that fans remembered in the GOTM vote - his superb free-kick to open the scoring won with almost 50 per cent of the vote.
That was the latest - and best - in a number of free-kicks the Danish star has found the net with in his time at the club including three this season - a late winner at Leicester on Boxing Day, West Brom and the stunner at Sheffield United.
You certainly feel an air of expectancy when we get a free-kick in and around the penalty area.
"I’ve been practising for a really long time and now it almost feels like people want me to score every time and I see the opportunity to score every time," explained Christian, who practices his craft every day in training.
"I have the feeling and the confidence to do it so it’s all about getting the ball over the wall and into the net.
"Sometimes football is a bit mental as well and hopefully you can make the goalkeeper think where you will go before you know it yourself. Sometimes you want to put the ball where you think the goalkeeper thinks you will put it, sometimes you put it where you know the goalkeeper isn’t going.
"At Sheffield United, I was looking at Coco (Erik Lamela), he wanted to take it as well and it was probably a better position for a left-footed player but I said ‘I want to have this one’.
"I fancied where to put it so my first thought was to get the ball over the wall but then I saw the goalkeeper take a little step when Coco ran over the ball and then I changed my mind and went for the far corner.
"It went pretty high but then down at the right moment, perhaps a centimetre higher and it might have hit the crossbar, so it was lucky in that respect."