When Kieran Trippier stepped up in the 74th minute to take the free-kick against Fulham on Saturday, I’m sure that I wasn’t the only Tottenham fan who was hoping that he would recreate the form which saw Tripps score against Croatia in the World Cup semi-final.
The right-back who was making his first appearance of the season for Spurs since the exploits in Russia has revealed what his team-mate Christian Eriksen said to him when they were both standing over the ball with the score at 1-1.
Lucas Moura had given Spurs the lead, with the ‘home’ side dominating the play in the first half only for Fulham to pull level on 52 minutes.
Credit must go to Mauricio Pochettino for changing the formation and making changes by bringing on Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele who both helped to turn the tide of the game.
“Myself and Christian were practising all week, but it’s just about who feels confident at that moment in time in the game,” Tripper told the club’s official site.
“I spoke with Christian and I just said ‘I feel confident, can I take this one?’ and Christian said ‘yeah, no problem’, and I’m happy to tuck it away.”
“People could say it’s a one-off thing (the free-kick in the World Cup) but I just practise and practise after training every day when I was away with England and at Tottenham. I’m absolutely delighted that I managed to score my free-kick and hopefully there’s many more this season. The most important thing was that we got the result today, six points out of two games and we move on now,” he added.
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