Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte looking forward to coming up against Christian Eriksen
Speaking in the pre-match press conference (h/t Daily Mail) ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Brentford, Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte revealed his delight at having a chance to come up against Christian Eriksen once again.
This will be the first time Eriksen will be facing off against his former club since departing for Inter Milan in 2020, where he worked under Conte. The pair led the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in 11 years last season.
The Italian manager said that he was very happy to see Eriksen playing football again and it would be a pleasure to watch him in the game as everyone ‘suffered’ a lot for him and his family, after what happened in June last year.
“I’m very happy to see him play football again. in June it was terrible, those images were terrible for everybody. We suffered a lot for him and his family. To see him for a game will be a pleasure for me. It’s incredible because not long ago happened what happened.”
Last June witnessed a horrible moment in the 2020 UEFA Euros, as Eriksen slumped to the floor mid-game while turning out for the Denmark national team after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch. He has since made an incredible recovery back to playing football.
“Football is life”
The 30-year-old returned to action after the events at the Euros earlier this year, joining Brentford on a short-term deal in the January transfer window. What has been even more impressive is the fact that he looks like he’s never been away, producing a string of impressive performances for the Bees.
Conte said the Dane’s comeback from his cardiac arrest made him very happy as football is life, and gushed about the great opportunity provided by Thomas Frank and Brentford for Eriksen to have a normal life again.
“To see him playing again makes me very happy because I know football is life. To have this opportunity is great for him and his family because now they come back to have a normal life.”
After dazzling in the Premier League for several years with Tottenham, fans were left disappointed when he informed the club of his decision to leave. The fan favourite wanted a new challenge and ended up at Inter where Conte soon took over and led them to glory.
However, his unfortunate incident at the Euros last year sent shockwaves across the world as everyone united in support and prayed for the Denmark international’s recovery and health. He has since surprised everyone with his quick return from such a serious situation.
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Brentford took a gamble on him by offering a short-term deal until the end of the season, and the Bees have certainly benefited as Eriksen has provided some much-needed creativity and attacking power to their midfield as they climb up the table in their debut PL campaign.
Like Conte, Spurs fans too will be happy to see their former star turn up on the pitch once again to face them for the first time since leaving north London, but the manager is sure to keep his emotions aside and focus on beating the opposition as we look to increase our grip on the fourth spot.