Frank Lampard backs Christian Eriksen to fill Dele Alli void

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.”

Tottenham Hotspur have struggled at the Wembley over the past year with just a solitary victory in the Champions League to note. However, Eriksen has insisted that Spurs have matured from last season, and they are ready to show that they have learned from their mistakes.

Spurs have come close to securing the Premier League title in the past couple of seasons, but they seem to falter at the crunch part of the campaign. The north London club are currently placed fifth in the standings with seven points, and they will hope to end their woeful form at the Wembley in order to push for a first English crown since the 1960-61season.