Chelsea legend Frank Lampard feels Dele Alli won’t be missed by Tottenham Hotspur when they host Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The north London outfit will be without Alli for the first three games of the group stage after he received a straight red card in last season’s Europa League round of 32 tie against Genk.
Writing in his Evening Standard column, Lampard insisted that Spurs can cope without the presence of Alli as Eriksen can step up to the plate. The Denmark international has often played second fiddle to Alli in the forward department, but Lampard backs him to impress in the Champions League following his impressive showing at Everton.
He said: “Christian Eriksen has become such a good player for Tottenham he can ensure Dele Alli won’t be missed too much against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. Being without a player of Alli’s quality through suspension is never ideal, yet Eriksen is the one I expect to step up. I saw Spurs’ win over Everton at the weekend and he was fantastic in midfield, creating chances and dictating play. Now, it is important for Tottenham’s season to get their first win at Wembley.” (more…)
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen claims that the blues need to be extremely clever and be ready for a fight when they take on Tottenham during the weekend.
The London rivals will be meeting each other at the Wembley stadium, which has been the source of several miseries for Tottenham. However, Spurs will be playing at this ground for the foreseeable future until the ground work on their new stadium completes. Chelsea come into the match after having suffered a 3-2 defeat against Burnley in the opening match of the season. It was a surprise result that further complicated the negativity surrounding the club.
The blues have sold plenty of players in the summer transfer window and the lack of high quality players led to the manager fielding inexperienced players in the first game of the season against Burnley. Even though the blues came up with an impressive fight back to almost snatching a point with a numerical disadvantage, it was a need to result at the start of the season which could complicate things going forward. (more…)
Denmark’s Under-21 team recently ended their miserable Under-21 European Championship campaign with a victorious win over Czech Republic.
The game which saw Kenneth Zohore, Cardiff City ace score a stunning brace for Denmark was not enough to ensure that they remained in the competition.
Denmark had previously lost out in their two previous opening encounters against Italy and Germany, two games which saw Zohore sit on the bench at their start.
In the two games, he however came in as a substitute, going on to show his prowess and at the end of the game against Germany where they lost 3-0, he received praise for his efforts.
However, he ended the game on a frightening note as he collapsed to the ground in agony, clutching his knee.
For his efforts, the 23-year old was rewarded with a starting place against Czech, which was Denmark’s third and final group match. (more…)
England women would face their Danish counterparts as they make the final preparations for the forthcoming Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.
Denmark are amongst the top 15 women soccer nations in the world. Having qualified for the tournament as well, England want a final warm up against them.
Reports in England say the game would hold on July 1 at Copenhagen Gladsaxe Stadium. The head coach of England Mark Sampson says they would be a good challenge ahead of the tournament. (more…)
It was business as usual for Romania as they were forced to a goalless draw at home by Denmark.
The result from the World Cup Group E qualifier leaves the hosts in fourth place after five games. Romania have now failed to get any goal in four straight matches for the first time since the 1930s.
Montenegro and Denmark have garnered seven points, a point ahead of Romania. Poland top the group with six points above the nearest competitor; their 2-1 away victory over Montenegro helped.
The result against Denmark means Romania are yet to get their first home victory in the qualifying series. German tactician ChristohpDaum has supervised an unimpressive run that is threatening to end his role in the Romanian senior team. (more…)
Denmark women played a 2-2 draw with Scotland in an international friendly game between both sides.
Denmark scored the first goal with the Scots barely settling in. Gemma Fay cleared the ball only for Sanne Troelsgaard to pick up the ball, then skipper Pernille Harder netted the first goal of the game after receiving the ball from Johanna Rasmussen.
The Danes – a higher ranked side – continued their strong press in the first half but they were caught off guard as Kim Little fed Manchester City forward Jane Ross the ball, which she converted from 22 yards. The scoreline was 1-1.
Fay tried collecting a high ball but injured herself. This forced a delay as she was pulled out for Shannon Lynn. The player has been taken to the hospital for tests on her left foot. The replacement could not stop the attack from the Danish women as Rasmussen, who got an assist for the first goal, scored the second. (more…)
Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen says that the club are going through an exciting period of time.
Aside from building a brand-new stadium at a cost of around £ 750 million, the club have also been able to rise up as Premier League title contenders without investing a substantial amount of money. The progress has been steady and manager Mauricio Pochettino has been a major factor. When Christian Eriksen came to the club in the summer of 2014, Tottenham were largely seen as competitors for the top four places. Now, they are in contention with Chelsea for the title.
The progress has certainly been masterminded by some of the players likeEriksen and Dele Alli. While the former has suffered periods of poor form, the latter has been a consistent name in the Tottenham team sheet.Eriksen, though, is certainly on his way back towards achieving his top form. He has five goals in 21 league appearances, but more importantly he has also chipped in with eight assists. (more…)
Recent reports coming from the Denmark national team have claimed that manager Age Hareidewas pressured by Tottenham to rest Christian Eriksen for the friendly match against Czech Republic.
Hareide cited a knock as the reason for Eriksen not being involved in the friendly game despite having taken part in the key World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan a few days earlier.Eriksen seemed in great shape and even managed to score twice in the match. Tottenham have been extremely concerned about their players getting injured.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has had to do without a number of key players for major chunks of the campaign so far.
It has undoubtedly affected of their form and the club are struggling just outside the top four with only one win in the last five matches. Managers are always concerned about international teams using their star players in meaningless friendly games.Hareide, though, has rejected suggestions that he was pressurised by Tottenham.
The manager is also facing the same acquisition with regard to striker Andreas Cornelius of FC Copenhagen. The acquisitions seemed to take a shine away from the victory, which has potentially put Denmark back on track for qualification to the World Cup 2018.
After two consecutive defeats, the team had to win against Kazakhstan in order to stay in touch with the likes of Poland and Montenegro.“We have injuries, and must always be respectful. We have a responsibility to the players and the press have a responsibility to write it correctly and not speculate that people will not play.And I have not been pressured by Copenhagen or Tottenham over players, I have not spoken to Tottenham.I cursed the fact that the press suddenly can write what it wants. Now I’ve said it so everyone will understand it,” said the Denmark manager.
Denmark will trade tackles with host of the Olympic Games in Rio this summer, Brazil, South Africa and Asian squad, Iraq, in Group A of the tournament poised to begin in over 100 days. Niels Frederiksen, the head coach of the under-21 side for Denmark was quite elated with the draw.
“We could‘t have hoped for a better draw,” the coach began after the draws were concluded.”
“Even though it certainly won’t be easy, we see good possibilities against South Africa and Iraq
, and it’s in these games we must get results,” the coach added.
“We’ll meet the toughest team in Brazil in the final game, which is good for us as we will have hopefully acclimatized by then. Our ambition is to reach the quarter finals,” the coach said on an endnote.
The Danes will play its first two games in the capital Brasilia before taking on the hosts in Salvador. The DBU is making plans to ensure the Danish squad meet in June and partake in some pre-tournament games. (more…)
With Morten Olsen moving on, there is a sense of emptiness in and around the Denmark camp which is obvious as the 66-year oversaw the operations of the team for over a decade.
Like the other Danish players, the Spurs star Christian Eriksen is also finding it quite strange to work under somebody else all of a sudden, but, he reckons a change was probably the need of the hour for the Red and White and it’s not necessarily a bad thing that a new manager has stepped in.
Denmark has already played its first game in the post Olsen era and that has resulted in a win for them filling the whole squad with confidence according to Eriksen.
Speaking in Glasgow where he is present to represent Denmark in another friendly, Eriksen said, “The confidence is high with the Iceland victory. It was an opportunity for all the players to let the manager know what they had to offer and everyone did his best.”
“As we are not into Euros, it’s about World Cup qualifiers now. We would like to be in a balanced state as a team once we have that campaign on our hands in September. Until then, every friendly match that we are playing, we will push to win because that’s the best way of preparation, to keep winning.” (more…)