Christian's looking sharp
13 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Eriksen says we need to be ‘sharper’ in the final third against Leicester City tonight (Wednesday, January 13, 8pm).
The Dane opened the scoring against the Foxes in Sunday’s FA Cup draw at the Lane.
But despite our dominance in the third round tie, Leicester put in a typically resolute display, levelled against the run of play in the first half and then took the lead three minutes into the second half.
We kept hammering away - 24 efforts at goal - but City stood firm until the last minute, when Nathan Dyer was penalised for handball and Harry Kane fired home the equaliser. We replay at the King Power Stadium next Wednesday (January 20, 7.45pm).
“Overall, we did alright on Sunday, we didn’t let them have any really big chances and we need to do the same, but be a bit sharper when we get the ball in the final third,” said Christian, who opened the scoring on Sunday.
“When you have two teams attacking you have a more open game and more possibilities to really go forward but we will have to be patient and try to unlock a really compact defence.
“You don’t get as many chances as you do in an open game. We need to get further ahead, put the ball in the net more than once and get on top.”
Christian on Foxes' keeper Kasper Schmeichel (the pair spoke in the tunnel after Christian scored on Sunday)…
“We were talking about everything but we didn’t really speak about the goal, I didn’t like to mention it! We kept it pretty straight forward, talking the amount of games we’re playing against each other. I’ll talk about the goal later, perhaps when we’re on international duty!”
Below: Christian with his Danish Player of the Year trophy
Christian on winning a third-successive Danish Player of the Year award…
“It’s a big honour to win it again and when it’s your colleagues voting, it means even more. There are some really big names on the trophy and I’m happy just to be in the group of players to have won the award and to win three times in a row, I’m glad people like what I’m doing.”
Christian on Dele Alli…
“Everyone has seen his talent, his desire and willingness to play good football and he’s a really good lad. It’s really nice to see him doing so well. He’s a player who never stands still, is always in good condition, wants to go forward, wants to help back and does both. Everyone is enjoying playing with him.”