Christian Eriksen’s comeback to football has been one of the season’s most heartwarming stories, and he was the subject of another outpouring of emotion on Saturday when he faced his former club Tottenham for the first time.
The 30-year-old, who spent six-and-a-half years with the north London club and helped them reach the Champions League final in 2019, received a standing ovation from all four sides of the Brentford Community Stadium before, during, and after the game.
In the tunnel before the game, he embraced some of his old teammates, including striker Harry Kane and defender Eric Dier.
There were no jeers or whistles when he went to take an early Brentford corner in front of the away crowd, simply shouts, applause, and a standing ovation.
More hugs were exchanged at full-time, this time from Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, and Davinson Sanchez.
Eriksen took the time to sign a Tottenham fan’s shirt with his name on the back before walking towards the tunnel to more cheers from the home crowd.
“It’s difficult to play against him because it’s so emotional.” “Playing against him is strange,” Dier told Sky Sports. “I’ve played with him for the majority of my professional career.” In these circumstances, I never imagined playing against him
“I don’t mind whether he plays against us; all I care about is that he’s healthy. I am overjoyed for him and his family.”
Eriksen and Antonio Conte did not always get along at Inter Milan, but the Spurs manager was effusive in his appreciation for the midfielder, who had cardiac arrest just 10 months ago during Euro 2020.
“I’ve seen Christian in incredible shape. We’re talking about a really talented player with a lot of talent “Conte spoke to BBC Match of the Day about his plans.
“I’m glad to see him, especially after the events of the Euros. Brentford provided him the opportunity to play again, and as a result, they deserve to be able to enjoy this type of game with him.”
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