Tottenham’s display against Olympiacos in their opening match of the new Champions League campaign was well below par.
The Lilywhites failed to take the game by the scruff of the neck and allowed the hosts to dictate proceedings for large parts of the game.
They ended up surrendering a two-goal lead and had to settle for a point in the end. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino didn’t hide his disappointment with the team’s performance in the post-match press conference, where he questioned the team’s lack of intensity and aggression (Football.London).
While there were several poor performances for Spurs through the team, Christian Eriksen’s display, in particular, angered some Spurs fans on social media with some suggesting that the Dane looked disinterested in being at the club.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas wasn’t impressed with the midfielder’s showing either and had some harsh words to say about the 27-year-old while commentating on the match.
“He’s had a couple of moments here where, I know for a matter of fact, that the manager has looked to the bench and said ‘we need to get him off’.
“You have bad games as a player, don’t get me wrong. It happens, and you just have to put them to the side – he’s had plenty of great games for Tottenham; tonight’s not one of them.
“He’s standing out like a sore thumb, in terms of, how bad his display has actually been because the team’s not playing well on top of that as well.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get taken off in the next five/ten minutes.
“The thing with Christian is, he will take risks with the ball because that’s what you want him to do.
“You want him to try and get those balls behind defences, but it’s the simple stuff he’s getting wrong today, and that’s the worrying thing.
“Honestly, he looks a bit tired. He looks shattered.”
As it happened, Eriksen wasn’t among the players who were withdrawn by Pochettino and completed the whole 90 minutes.
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The thing to note with Eriksen is that this isn’t a problem that is starting now. The Dane has been really inconsistent in his performances for a while now. This perhaps explains why Europe’s biggest clubs aren’t queuing up for the 27-year-old’s signature as they would for Harry Kane if he became available.
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