Thursday 22 August 2019

John Aldridge: 'Hopefully Christian Eriksen will be suffering from Euro hangover for Ireland contest'

Tottenham Hotspur's Fernando Llorente and Christian Eriksen reacts after the final whistle during the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool last Saturday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Tottenham Hotspur's Fernando Llorente and Christian Eriksen reacts after the final whistle during the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool last Saturday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

John Aldridge

Ireland are back in action this Friday as they take on Denmark in a Euro 2020 qualifier and if they get a positive result in Copenhagen, they might be thanking Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s Champions League winners.

We have a little bit of history with the Danes after they gave us a hard beating in the World Cup play-offs back in 2017, on a night when Christian Eriksen tore us apart with a quite magnificent display.

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Well, Tottenham midfielder Eriksen looked a long way from his best against Liverpool in last Saturday’s Champions League final and Ireland can hope that is a sign of what’s to come when Ireland lock horns with him again.

Everyone who played in the Champions League final and experienced incredible highs and lows last weekend will struggle to get themselves in the right frame of mind for international matches in the next few days and we have to believe that can work in Ireland’s favour.

Eriksen is the talisman who makes Denmark tick and if he is below his best, that has to give Ireland a chance of getting a positive result.

Mick McCarthy’s boys will beat Gibraltar in the second qualifier next Monday and if they get to the halfway stage in this qualifying group unbeaten, that would be an incredible platform to build on.

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