Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has credited former Arsenal striker Dennis Bergkamp with taking part in a significant position in developing his inventive skills.
Spurs face the Gunners within the north London derby on Saturday, when victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s facet would pull them seven issues transparent in their fiercest opponents.
Eriksen is perhaps key on the Emirates Stadium given he has arguably been Tottenham’s maximum constant performer this season in the back of the sensational Harry Kane.
The Dane joined from Ajax in 2013 and it was once on the Dutch membership the place he says he realized from the attacking genius of Bergkamp. Bergkamp scored 87 league targets for Arsenal between 1995 and 2006.
“In my first year at Ajax we had some sessions with Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk,” Eriksen instructed Sky Sports.
“We did this passing drill with a striker from the crew. We labored on positive actions, studying how one can measure runs after which passing the ball to precisely the suitable position at precisely the suitable second.
“Even then, it is advisable all the time see Dennis’ air of secrecy and self belief at the ball. He all the time knew how one can take his first contact and the place the ball had to finally end up afterwards.
“I learned a lot from watching him and working with him. It helped me when I made it through to the first team.”
Eriksen has 3 targets and two assists within the Premier League already this time period and he was once in particular spectacular in ultimate month’s Three-1 demolition of Real Madrid.
Barcelona are amongst the ones to have despatched scouts to look at the 25-year-old on this 12 months’s Champions League however Eriksen signed a four-year contract ultimate 12 months and enjoys an in depth dating with Pochettino.
“He trusts me completely. You feel that trust and it makes you want to do everything for him,” Eriksen mentioned.
“He has given balance no longer handiest to me however to the entire membership. That’s the primary factor for a participant.
“You really feel relaxed, you are feeling conscious about the entirety round you and you do not consider the rest rather then soccer if you find yourself at the pitch.
“All the players have long-term contracts. They feel safe being here. It’s why you commit your future to a place like this.”