Christian Eriksen hoping to replicate impressive Denmark form at Tottenham

Phil Blanche 11/09/2018
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Christian Eriksen was superb for Denmark

Christian Eriksen is determined to transfer his incredible Denmark scoring form into goals at Tottenham.

Eriksen made it 15 goals in his last 18 international appearances with a double in Denmark’s 2-0 Nations League win against Wales in Aarhus on Sunday.

But the 26-year-old has not scored in his last 10 Tottenham games, his last goal coming in a 3-1 Premier League home defeat to Manchester City in April.

“It’s great to have that form, going into the weekend,” he said ahead of Spurs’ top-flight match against Liverpool on Saturday.

“I’ve always had many shots, even in the Premier League, but I just haven’t scored yet,” Eriksen said.

“I’m trying to get in good positions in every game to create something or take a shot, but they just keep flying in for the national team.

“Penalties are easy if you score, but in open play we create chances as well.”

Denmark manager Age Hareide said after the Wales win that Eriksen has a different role for the national team to the one he plays at Spurs.

The Danish plan is to get the ball quicker to him in more advanced parts of the pitch.

“I’m a little bit further up the pitch here and not so much involved in the build-up because we probably have less of a build-up than we do at Spurs,” Eriksen said.

“It’s a bit different with Denmark, we go for the long ball a bit earlier and try to get the second ball.

“Everyone wants to play like Spurs. We want to play attractive football, get the ball forward and create chances with good possession.

“My form with Denmark hasn’t been too bad, I got off to a very slow start with five goals in my first 50 games.

“It took me a while but I’m finally here. It’s almost going too well but I hope it carries on.”

Denmark went in to their Nations League opener after a turbulent week which had embarrassed the whole of Danish football.

A dispute over the players’ commercial rights saw Denmark field a side of lower-league and futsal players in the 3-0 midweek friendly defeat to Slovakia.

The row was only resolved late on Thursday after the players had left Denmark and returned to their clubs.

“It’s been a bit different this week flying back and forth but we handled it like professionals,” Eriksen said.

“The team didn’t show any negativity on the pitch, we stood together which is a good thing.

“It was a temporary deal and I hope most of it will be sorted and I hope we aren’t in the same situation next month.

“The Danish FA and Players’ Association will do their thing to get it sorted because it literally cannot happen again.

“The headline has been that we’re just playing for money, but there are a lot of details going on.

“For us it’s not about the money, it’s always an honour to play for your country no matter what and we have to solve this situation.”

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Portugal v Italy ratings as slippery Silvas light up Lisbon

Matt Jones 11/09/2018
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Portugal got their UEFA Nations League up and running with a 1-0 win over Italy in Lisbon.

Despite the narrow margin of victory it was a commanding performance from the hosts, with Andre Silva’s stylish goal giving Fernando Santos’ side three points.

For Italy and beleaguered coach Roberto Mancini, meanwhile, there’s plenty of work to be done following this defeat and a draw in their opening two games.

Here we rate both sets of players:

 

PORTUGAL (4-3-3)

Bernardo Silva was majestic in victory for Portugal.

Bernardo Silva was majestic in victory for Portugal.

Rui Patricio – 6: Bright and alert to anything Italy threw at him, which was very little.

Joao Cancelo – 7: A constant threat to Italy with his marauding runs down the right. Solid going back, becoming a fine player.

Pepe – 5: Committed as ever as the veteran won his 100th cap. Sharp and alert to repel any Azzurri attacks, but foul on Chiesa late on was crazy, lucky not to see red.

Ruben Dias – 6: A quietly effective night for the 21-year-old, the future of his nation playing alongside the past and present in Pepe.

Mario Rui – 6: Got down the left well to deliver a cross that clipped off Cristante and onto the bar. Lively.

Pizzi – 5: Low drive was eventually smothered at the second attempt by Donnarumma. Unlucky not to win a penalty.

Ruben Neves – 7: Youngster was hugely impressive as he patrolled midfield. Three tackles, clearances and interceptions. Never gave an inch.

William Carvalho – 7: How did he miss his header from Ruben Neves’ delivery? Later saw a rocket fly just wide and was overall a commanding presence in the engine room.

Bernardo Silva – 8: Was a constant menace for the misguided Italians. Turned the screw constantly. Saw goal-bound shot cleared off the line in the first half and only stunning Donnarumma save left him without the goal he deserved.

Andre Silva – 7: Lively from the off, fashioned an opportunity after dummying Lazzari brilliantly. Scored emphatically against the country that employs him. 65.4 per cent pass success was shocking.

Bruma – 7: Finishing was erratic but always looked a danger when in possession. Tenacious running set up the opening goal. The Red Bull Leipzig flyer certainly gave Portugal wings.

SUBS:

Renato Sanches – 6: Nearly got a goal minutes after appearing, forcing a fine low stop from Donnarumma. Didn’t misplace a pass.

Gelson Martins N/A: Only six touches in his 12 minutes.

Sergio Oliveira N/A: No time to make an impact.

ITALY (4-4-2)

Gianluigi Donnarumma was a busy man for Italy.

Gianluigi Donnarumma was a busy man for Italy.

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 8: Stunning save from Bernardo Silva kept the scoreline at 1-0. Kept things respectable. Save from Sanches late on was excellent.

Manuel Lazzari – 4: Jointly led his side with four tackles. Given a torrid time by the marauding Bruma.

Mattia Caldara – 3: Perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when he clipped Pizzi. Gave away the ball with alarming ease.

Alessio Romagnoli – 4: On hand to clear off the line in the first half from Bernardo Silva. One of three clearances. Struggled to get to grips with the slippery Silvas.

Domenico Criscito – 5: Had pocket picked by Bruma leading up to the goal. Made himself busy in both attack and defence.

Federico Chiesa – 7: Livewire tried everything he could to spark his side. Showed good strength to outmuscle a defender for an early sighter. Silky skills and composure led to a shot on target minutes later. Was everywhere.

Bryan Cristante – 6: His 93.9 per cent pass success not only led Italy, but any player on the pitch bar late sub Sanches, who only made six.

Jorginho – 6: A busy night for the Chelsea enforcer, leading Italy with six interceptions and making three tackles. Overworked.

Giacomo Bonaventura – 6: Dangerous from set-pieces and one of Italy’s better performers – there weren’t many however. Embarked on three dribbles and led Italy with two key passes.

Simone Zaza – 5: Generally, a threat throughout, but lack of quality showed. Headed over from a corner, one of Italy’s best chances.

Ciro Immobile – 3: One touch in Portugal’s penalty area in the opening 35 minutes as the Inter Milan man cut an isolated figure up front. Subbed before the hour.

SUBS:

Domenico Berardi – 6: Replaced the ineffective Immobile just before the hour. Tried to affect the game but lack of ideas from team-mates didn’t assist.

Emerson – 6: Came on and whipped in four crosses, while making two interceptions. Not his or Italy’s night.

Andrea Belotti N/A: Hardly had a touch after coming on in the dying embers of the game.

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Watch: Joachim Low says Germany's World Cup disappointment is starting to dissipate

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After beating Peru in the Nations League, Germany are beginning to move past their woeful showing at the World Cup this summer, according to boss Joachim Low.

Germany beat Peru 2-1 on Sunday to help alleviate some of the pain felt from their exit at the group stages in Russia months earlier.

“This World Cup disappointment is also starting to eradicate and be forgotten somehow now,” Low said.

See what else Low had the say in the video below.

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