Antonio Conte stunned by Christian Eriksen return as Tottenham prepare for Brentford clash

Eriksen will face his former club and manager when Brentford host Conte’s Tottenham tomorrow, with the midfielder looking to maintain his 100 per cent winning record when starting games for his new side.

The Dane spent six-and-a-half years at Spurs before leaving for Conte’s Inter Milan in January 2020. He returned to the Premier League on a six-month contract in January after being released by the Italian club following a his heart attack. arrest during Euro 2020 last summer.

The Bees have won all five league matches Eriksen has started in and the 30-year-old has already made a successful return to the national team.

Conte, who has previously hinted Spurs could try to re-sign Eriksen as a free agent this summer, says he’s not the only one stunned by Eriksen’s return and suggested the Tomorrow’s opponents deserve credit for taking a risk on him.

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“Honestly, no one knew well the possibility of Christian returning to football,” Conte told Standard Sport. “It was a surprise for everyone.

“I think in that respect Brentford have done very well to understand the situation and sign Christian. I’m really surprised, but I’m not the only one surprised to see him playing this way.

“I don’t want to remember what happened to him because it makes me very sad. But to see him playing now at this level is amazing, it’s amazing.

“I am very happy for him. Of course, he always had a lot of fun playing football, but if before he enjoyed it 100%, now it’s 200%. To move from a situation where you [fear you] can’t play football for the rest of your life, playing football again makes you enjoy the sport even more.

“I wish him and his family the best. They deserve it and it will be a great joy to see him on the pitch playing and doing what he loves to do.

Eriksen initially played a minor role under Conte at Milan but established himself as a key player for their historic Scudetto win last season. Conte praised Eriksen’s adaptability and even suggested he deserved some credit for his form at Griffin Park.

“At Inter we played with a 3-5-2 and at the time Christian used to play at Tottenham behind a striker in a 4-2-3-1,” added Conte.

“He needed time to understand my idea of ​​football. But when he did, he became a very important player for us.

“I see at Brentford they play 3-5-2 sometimes and he does the same things he did with Inter being their playmaker.

“But when you have a player with great availability to improve and serve the team, it’s easier for a coach. And Christian is one of those types of players.

Conte will be without Oliver Skipp, Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga as Spurs aim to recover from last weekend’s loss to Brighton.

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