Chris­tian Erik­sen

The Spurs mid­fielder had a great 2016-17, but now’s the time to fi­nally stake a claim to be­ing the best mid­fielder in the divi­sion

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Do you think last sea­son was your best yet in a Tot­ten­ham shirt? If you look at the stats it probably was my best sea­son, even though I did not score as many goals in the Premier League as I did in my sec­ond sea­son here. Apart from the to­tal num­ber of goals, the stats look al­most iden­ti­cal. The num­ber of as­sists have been al­most the same. We all cre­ated a lot of chances as a team last sea­son – the dif­fer­ence was maybe that I was more clin­i­cal with my fin­ish­ing. I feel I’m the same type of player I have al­ways been. The team is a bit more set­tled now com­pared to my first 18 months here and I’ve ben­e­fited from that. That’s helped me de­velop the at­tack­ing part of my game and play to a higher level. In­stead of run­ning and help­ing my team-mates in that way, I have been able to add some­thing ex­tra.

Did your role in Spurs’ line-up al­ter much with the changes in sys­tem? The team play­ing three cen­tre-backs has al­lowed me to move for­ward and play more freely than be­fore. We’ve been able to play more di­rectly and take more chances in the at­tack­ing part of our game, be­cause we have the ex­tra man cov­er­ing at the back. I have started on both the left side

“OF COURSE, BARCELONA IS A FAN­TAS­TIC CLUB AND I DON’T THINK THERE ARE MANY PLAY­ERS WHO WOULD SAY no TO THEM”

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