Pochettino reveals why Christian Eriksen did not start the Villa match

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What a strange start to the season it has been for Christian Eriksen at Tottenham. Sitting in the stadium today, watching the Dane warm up on the touchline, the reception was mixed.

There were some grumblings regarding his loyalty, while others were crying for Pochettino to sub him on as quickly as possible.

In the end, with Spurs 1-0 down and 30 minutes left on the clock, Poch did just that, removing Harry Winks and sending Eriksen on as the chief playmaker.

Within seconds, Eriksen was on the ball and dictating play, as he often does. Tottenham’s speed increased, suddenly there were dangerous crosses zipping into the box, and players were getting more space in key areas.

Despite Spurs being behind for so long, Tanguy Ndombele finally equalised deep into the second half, with Eriksen involved in the build-up.

Harry Kane then grabbed a double to seal the victory, but the question on many people’s lips is now ‘will Eriksen stay?’

Pochettino seemed to imply that Eriksen was only benched today as he is not fit for a full 90 minutes, but he had plenty to say on Christian’s quality.

Poch said (Football London): “I will agree that we were a little bit predictable on the first half, but we never found our best position to play and move the ball quickly. They were very compact. In the second half we played very well. Of course when Christian went on to the pitch he was more fresh and had more quality, of course he is a top player. He helped the team to win the game, I am so happy. That is the advantage of a player that cannot play 90 minutes, but is on the bench and his quality can help you to achieve the victory.”

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