Saturday 19 January 2019

Eriksen believes old Spurs would have crumbled

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen admits the old Tottenham would have crumbled after falling two goals behind to Juventus and believes their comeback demonstrates their progress under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs have a place in the Champions League quarter-finals within reach after they snatched a 2-2 draw and a pair of precious away goals from the first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

The outlook was bleak when Gonzalo Higuain scored twice for Juve in the first nine minutes but Tottenham dug in, with Harry Kane and an Eriksen free-kick salvaging what felt like a victory at the final whistle.

When Pochettino first arrived in 2014, he took over a team that had regularly been thrashed by the big sides, their mental fragility exposed whenever the pressure mounted.

But Eriksen, who was at his sparkling best at the Allianz Stadium, believes those days are now long gone.

"Of course we are building on every season compared to when I arrived here four or five years ago now," Eriksen said.

"The games against the top teams when you are 2-0 down after nine minutes, you lose 6-0. That's the thing we've changed with the manager coming in, with the players we have here. Everyone has grown up and they are not going to lie down if they are 2-0 down anyway.

"Tottenham, compared to what it was when I came to what it is now, is completely different. That's up to the manager, up to the players and the quality we have in the squad really."

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