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Friday, 31 May 2019

Christian Eriksen admits Tottenham’s run to Champions League final has been ‘lucky’

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen has today revealed his opinion that good fortune has played a key role in his side’s run to the final of the Champions League.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are set to go head-to-head with Liverpool in Madrid tomorrow night, on the grandest stage in club football.

After Chelsea put Arsenal to the sword in emphatic fashion in the Europa League’s finale two nights ago, fellow English outfits Spurs and Liverpool will aim to do likewise at the Wanda Metropolitano, for the right to be called the finest side in Europe.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, widely viewed as favourites, booked their spot in this weekend’s showpiece courtesy of a historic second-leg comeback versus Spanish giants Barcelona 3 weeks ago.

The Merseysiders will head into proceedings aiming to clinch their 6th European crown.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Spurs’ rocky road

Tottenham, on the other hand, will be hoping to pick up their first-ever European Cup/Champions League title in Madrid.

The north Londoners endured an even-more drama-filled road to the tournament’s final than their opponents tomorrow night, having overturned a 3-goal aggregate deficit 45 minutes into the second-leg of their semi-final tie with Dutch giants Ajax to eventually advance on away goals.

In addition, Spurs appeared dead and buried when Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling found the net deep into injury-time in the second-leg of their quarter-final tie with the Citizens, only for the strike to be ruled out by VAR.

‘I thought we were gone’

And one individual who feels as though these instances showcase the fact that Mauricio Pochettino’s men have had luck very much on their side throughout the club’s run to the Champions League final is midfielder Christian Eriksen.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Danish international Eriksen explained:

‘I don’t know if it’s destiny. I think at the moment we’ve just been lucky! First of all, with the City game, with Sterling, I thought we were out. Gone.’

Tottenham

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: The players of Tottenham Hotspur react after Raheem Sterling of Manchester City scores a stoppage time goal which is subsequently disallowed by VAR during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images)

‘Then Ajax was a bit different because it was during the game. There was no waiting or standing around. It was just Lucas pops up at the right time. It was nerve-wracking and it was dramatic. We’re just happy we were on the right side.’

‘It was lucky’

Eriksen continued:

‘It has [been up and down]. A lot has happened. In the group stage, after three games we were a bit far behind. Things changed and going into the other games in the knockout stages they were intense.’

‘[Sterling’s disallowed goal was] mad. Mad. It was weird. I passed the ball away and they went through and ended up scoring. It would have been a disaster.’

‘For a few minutes, it was about trying to get back in the game because there was still in a few minutes to go. In the end, it was lucky they changed it and it fell our way because it would have been very, very painful.’

‘Going into the City game, the second one, and the Ajax game, the second one, were something were exciting but luckily they fell on our side. We would have felt very down and we wouldn’t be standing here if they hadn’t gone our way. There were a lot of ups and downs, it was very exciting as a fan. But a bit unnerving.’

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