Opinion: Christian Eriksen’s top five moments in a Spurs shirt

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The transfer of Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan is finally completed, as confirmed by Tottenham today. Therefore it is only right to look back on the moments that made fans fall in love with our ‘Great Dane’.

5) Sparking a Southampton Revival

The 2013/2014 season for Tottenham Hotspur was one that many would be quick in forgetting. However, Christian Eriksen was a shining light. The Danish midfielder had laid down the marker for his Tottenham career during the home match against Southampton. With the away side going 2-0 up early on, Tottenham needed a saviour. That saviour was Christian Eriksen. The midfielder scored late on in the first half to give the home crowd hope. He then scored just moments into the second half to restore parity. With the two sides pushing for a winner, Eriksen laid off a pass to Gylfi Sigurdsson who struck a delightful finish in added time.

4) Inter Heroics

The Champions League group stage campaign of last season was certainly one to remember. Tottenham were battling with Inter for second place. When the two sides met at Wembley Stadium on matchday five, Tottenham knew only a win would do.

Tottenham were pushing all game for the opening goal. However, fans had an anxious and long wait for it! With just ten minutes to go, Eriksen fired home after a driving run from Moussa Sissoko. The 1-0 victory resulted in the group being decided on the final matchday, with Tottenham ultimately going through via the away goal route. It was Eriksen’s second goal against Inter that season, showing just how crazy the world of football is as he today completes his move to the Italian club.

3) Valentines Day Victory

In 2016, Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Manchester City hoping to cement themselves as potential title challengers. The game was to be played on Valentines Day and also Eriksen’s birthday. With the game being goalless at the break, not many would have believed in the utter pandemonium that would eventually break out in the second half. Tottenham took an early lead through a Harry Kane penalty. But it was cancelled out later on after a delightful finish from Kelechi Iheanacho.

With the clock running down on what would have been a great away day point, Eriksen had other ideas. Substitute, Erik Lamela, had a bursting run at the heart of the Manchester City defence. The Argentine would lay it off to Eriksen, who coolly slotted past Joe Hart. The goal sparked crazy scenes in the Tottenham away end. For me, it was a moment where we truly began to believe in this young team as Tottenham fans, and it all came down to the goal from Christian Eriksen.

2) Stamford Bridge Stunner

As Chelsea and Tottenham battled for a place in the top four in 2018, Spurs travelled to Stamford Bridge on Easter Sunday knowing that a win would create serious daylight. However, Tottenham had not won at Stamford Bridge in 28 years.

It looked like it’d be one of those days when Alvaro Morata headed past Hugo Lloris to open the scoring. Tottenham really had a slow start to this game. But, with the game heading towards half time and Spurs trailing, Eriksen had other ideas. The midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the box and hit a stunning strike past Willy Caballero. The goal meant that Spurs went in at half time in the ascendancy. As the teams emerged for the second half, Tottenham began to have full control over the match. A quickfire double from Dele Alli gave Spurs a historic 3-1 victory at their rivals. However, Christian Eriksen pulling the strings in midfield certainly allowed it to happen.

  1. Real Madrid Masterclass

When the European champions travelled to Wembley in 2017, Spurs fans were dreaming of a glory night. Many fans were starting to believe that the club could go far in the competition, especially after the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu just weeks before. Christian Eriksen was to have a midfield battle with former Tottenham star, Luka Modric.

On what was a memorable Tottenham night, every player put in a shift. Spurs made a confident start to the game, and Dele Alli struck midway through the half to make it 1-0. It was Eriksen pulling the strings in midfield again, creating chance after chance for the home side. Tottenham emerged from the break in a rampant mood, and Dele doubled the lead.

Just minutes later, and Spurs countered clinically. In a matter of moments, Dele Alli had created an unprecedented amount of space, before finding Harry Kane. Christian Eriksen was free on the other side and was quickly found by Kane. The Danish midfielder wrote his name in Tottenham folklore by making it 3-0!

Being at the game myself, I have never heard an eruption of noise like that in the moments after that goal went in. Not even a Cristiano Ronaldo goal late on could spoil the mood. Tottenham defeated Real Madrid 3-1, in what is the greatest football match I have been fortunate enough to have attended.

Honourable Mentions:

Sheffield United (A) League Cup 2015 Semi-Final.

Leading the comeback away at Swansea City, 2016/2017.

His eleven-second goal against Manchester United.

Late winner away at Crystal Palace, 2017/2018.

 

Thank you for the memories Christian, and good luck!

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