Christian Eriksen has already racked up nearly 3000 minutes in all competitions this season for Tottenham Hotspur, and the season still isn’t over. In fact, since January Eriksen has played the full 90 minutes in all but one of the Spurs matches in which he’s started, and the one exception was an 83rd minute substitution in the second Champions League match against Dortmund.
That’s a lot of miles on the tires — if you ask some Tottenham fans about his recent performances, you might hear the suggestion that a supposed dip in his form is related to how much he’s been playing lately without a whole lot of rest. But Eriksen isn’t having any of that, telling Danish outlet BT that the rumors of his exhaustion are, in his words, “bullshit.”
“The legs are doing well. We didn’t play at the weekend, and it’s been a long time since we haven’t had matches every third or fourth day. It is lovely and a little strange. I’m actually a little restless because I want to play.
“It’s bullshit. You get used to playing so much. After all, I’ve played many games for quite a few seasons in a row. Rather, it feels unnatural when you’re not playing.”
Yeah, I’m with him on this one. Eriksen seemingly hasn’t been at his best, but those matches where he’s been under criticism have almost entirely come when both Dele Alli and Harry Kane were out injured. That meant Eriksen has had to pretty much shoulder the entire creative burden, and that’s a tall order. Eriksen’s at his best when he isn’t the sole focus of opposition defenses and has other creative players around him whom he can play off of. He can be that sole creative outlet when he plays for Denmark, but the Premier League is typically more difficult than international competition.
Eriksen also noted that the club got a little nervous earlier in the season after some bad results, but stresses that nobody’s freaking out now despite the current blip in form and a much tighter race for top four.
“A few months ago, there was also a sudden chaos. Then we won a couple of games, and then we were in heaven again. That’s how it happens in a Premier League club.
”There is actually a nice atmosphere. Of course we would have liked to win the matches, but we actually played okay. In the period when it went well, we might have won in the overtime. It is small margins that are involved.”
Eriksen is currently in Denmark with his national team, which plays a friendly against Kosovo tomorrow before hosting Switzerland in an EURO 2020 qualifier on Tuesday, March 26.