Eriksen shambles challenges Poch’s focus theory after Spurs’ CL draw

first_imgNOT many Tottenham players did themselves proud during their 2-2 Champions League draw at Olympiakos.But Christian Eriksen was particularly awful.5 Christian Eriksen had an absolute stinker for Tottenham at OlympiakosCredit: Getty – ContributorThe Dane was a shadow of his former self as his lax attitude on the edge Spurs’ box led to the 54th minute penalty that gave the Greeks their deserved equaliser.But that was just one of many blots on the wantaway star’s copybook in Athens.A Harry Kane penalty and a wonder strike from Lucas Moura gave Tottenham an undeserved 2-0 lead inside half an hour.But the hosts nicked one back before the break and deservedly drew level through Mathieu Valbuena’s spot kick just nine minutes into the second-half.While Jan Vertonghen gave away the pen, the blame falls squarely on the Dane’s shoulders.In uncharacteristic fashion on the edge of his own box he dawdled on the ball and – not for the only time in the match – allowed Olympiakos to nick it off him.Seconds later, Vertonghen had clumsily bundled Valbeuna over and the referee was pointing to the spot.Now Eriksen was far from the only sub-par performer for Spurs in their Group B opener but the showing from their talismanic playmaker will concern Mauricio Pochettino the most.Only weeks ago, the Argentine boldly proclaimed after the North London derby – another 2-2 away draw – that he could not wait until the European transfer window shut and everyone at the club could get back to focusing on Spurs and only Spurs.5 Lucas Moura put Tottenham 2-0 up with a great strike and was Spurs’ best player before he was subbed offCredit: Reuters5 The Brazilian’s efforts were not matched by many of his teammatesCredit: AFP or licensors”We need that togetherness.”The most important is to be all on the same page; that the players have a clear idea of how we need to move.”Clear minds – like Christian.”When the window shuts they are going to be only focused 100 per cent on Tottenham – not thinking different things that make management so difficult.”Well Mauricio, you might want to let Christian know the transfer window has in fact shut.After seeking the on trend “new challenge” earlier in the summer, it is impossible to imagine the 27-year-old was not disappointed when a move failed to materialise.Dream switch to Real Madrid or otherwise.And if Erisken’s Hellenic showing is anything to go by, the disappointment is clearly hard to shake.But that won’t wash with Poch.WEDNESDAY’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RESULTSGroup AClub Brugge 0 – 0 GalatasarayParis Saint Germain 3 – 0 Real MadridGroup BOlympiakos 2 – 2 TottenhamBayern Munich 3 – 0 Red Star BelgradeGroup CDinamo Zagreb 4 – 0 AtalantaShakhtar Donetsk 0 – 3 Man CityGroup DAtletico Madrid 2 – 2 JuventusBayer Leverkusen 1 – 2 Lokomotiv MoscowMOST READ IN FOOTBALL THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himSo while he is reminding his Danish star the European window shut on September 2, it may also be worth mentioning it opens again in January.That way he might get back to focusing on Tottenham and being the player they need him to be in the club’s biggest games.Surely the only way to get him the mega move he so clearly craves.5 Harry Kane put Tottenham ahead from the spot against the run of playCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Kane did what he had to do during a flat performance from SpursCredit: Reuterslast_img

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