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.