Tottenham star credits Arsenal legend for footballing ability - originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur’s star midfielder Christian Eriksen has revealed that Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp is one of the primary reasons for his creative prowess.
Eriksen, as always, has been instrumental for Spurs this season. The Danish international’s performance both in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League has attracted the praise from fans and media alike. The 25-year-old has registered three goals and two assists in the league this season. His creativity from the middle of the park has certainly caught the eye of many.
Eriksen, a former Ajax prodigy, credits his vision to Bergkamp who was a coach at the Dutch club.
“In my first year at Ajax we had some sessions with Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk,” he told Sky Sports.
“We did this passing drill with a striker from the team. We worked on certain movements, learning how to measure his runs and then passing the ball to exactly the right place at exactly the right moment.
“Even then, you could always see Dennis’s charisma and confidence on the ball. He always knew how to take his first touch and where the ball needed to end up afterwards. I learned a lot from watching him and working with him. It helped me when I made it through to the first team.”
Spurs currently occupy the third spot on the league table, level on points with second placed Manchester United, and eight points behind league leaders Manchester City.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are of course scheduled to play Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend in what is expected to be a thrilling North London Derby.