Tottenham’s Danish boy wonder Christian Eriksen insists his team have the strength in character to put the club’s tag of perennial bottlers to bed, claiming his side could still get a top four place according to the Mail.
The north London club play the Premier League’s bottom club Leicester City who are seven points adrift of safety having won only four games over the entire season.
With two of their top four rivals set to play each other this weekend as Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield, and therefore at least one dropping points, Eriksen is desperate for Spurs to make up ground on them and change the perception of his team failing to live up to expectations.
He said, “We can change the reputation, I really think so. We have a really young team and people can still develop into something better. Hopefully, it will go in the right direction and, definitely, we have to show we can be a team to cross the line.
“It helped that we played the final, with the pressure. Everybody got in the mood and I don’t think anybody wants that feeling of losing again – exhausted and still just moaning because we could have done better. That helped everyone to take a look at what is needed at the top level and in important games.”
Following a dismal 3-0 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford last week, many have written Eriksen and his team off from claiming the final Champions League spot, especially seeing as their recent form has seen them take only seven points from a possible 15. That said, the Dane still believes they can be fighting at Europe’s top table next season and is eager to once again play in the competition, having done so for Ajax.
“We’ve still got nine games to go, ” he said. “You lose one game and you are supposedly out of it. You win one and you are in again. So, hopefully, we will keep winning and we will see where we are.
“Everybody who has played in the Champions League knows that the feeling is different. Right now you sit at home and you watch it on the TV, and then you speak about it the next day. It’s just about the Champions League, “did you see this? Did you see that?” It gives you such a boost to play in the Champions League.”