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Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane got the goals to beat Manchester City 2-1.

Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen

Eriksen shows Spurs the way!

Eriksen celebrating a goal against Sunderland.Danish international, Christian Eriksen, celebrated his birthday in style when he scored the winner in Tottenham's top of the table match against Manchester City. Tottenham Hotspur, more commonly known as Spurs, took the lead in the second half, when they were given a debatable penalty. Harry Kane scored from the spot for his 15th Premier League goal in his last 17 matches. Manchester City sent on the young Nigerian, Kelechi Iheanacho, and the striker equalised a few minutes later. City looked like they would be the team to get the winner, but, in the 83rd minute, Spurs scored on the counter-attack. Another subsititute, the Argentinian Erik Lamela, ran forward with the ball and played a great pass to Eriksen, who coolly put the ball past Joe Hart in the City goal. This was Tottenham's fifth consecutive victory and are now in second place, only 2 points behind Leicester City at the top of the Premier League. 

"Yeeeees! Couldn't wish for a better birthday present! Massive win today! Thanks for all the birthday wishes!" Christian Eriksen.

Who worked the hardest?

Eriksen is well known for for his free-kicks.Christian Eriksen is better known for his skill on the ball and his amazing free-kicks, but in the match against Manchester City he was the hardest working player on the pitch. During the match, Eriksen ran 12.6 kilometres which was over a  kilometre more than any Manchester City player (David Silva - 11.2km). In total, Tottenham players ran 121 kilometres compared to 111 kilometres ran by the City players. The Spurs manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is well-known for getting his teams to work very, very hard and it looks like this tactic is working for Spurs. On average, Spurs players run 115 kilometres in every Premier League match, which means they have already run over 3000 kilometres this season. Only Bournemouth have run more than Spurs. As well as making the players run more, Pochettino is also very strict about what the players eat, which helps with their stamina and energy levels on the pitch.  

"My body fat has gone down a lot because of the hard training and because I now take care of what I eat all the time."  Kevin Wimmer, Spurs defender.

What do we know about Christian Eriksen?

Eriksen celebrating a goal against Swansea City.Christian Dannemann Eriksen was born in February 1992, and is from Middelfart, which is a small town in the middle of Denmark. Eriksen's first professional club was Odense Boldklub (OB) in his native Denmark, where he made his name as a prospect that was interesting scouts from some of Europe's biggest clubs. Despite not making a senior appearance for OB, he moved to Ajax for about 1 million in 2008. He made 162 appearances for the Dutch club and scored 32 goals, as he helped Ajax to win 3 League titles and the Dutch Cup. In August 2013, Eriksen moved to Tottenham for about £11.5 million. After a fantastic first season in the Tottenham midfield, he was named Tottenham's Player of the Year for 2013/14. He's also been named Danish Player of the Year award in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

"Christian is a very important player for Tottenham and we're really happy with him." Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham manager.

Are there any other Danes in the Premier League?

Eriksen is at the bottom of the pile!Over 50 Premier League players, past and present, have come from Denmark and many of them, like Eriksen, have lit up Premier League grounds around the country. Jan Molby is remembered with affection at Liverpool, he made over 250 appearances for the Anfield club. Daniel Agger is another Dane who spent nearly 10 years at Anfield and played over 200 times. Thomas Sorensen has played nearly 500 matches for three Premier League sides (Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City), but the most well-known Dane must be Peter Schmeichel, who won 5 Premier League titles with Manchester Utd and is the only goalkeeper to ever win the Premier League's Player of the Year award (1995/96). Peter's son, Kasper, is now looking to emulate his father's success at Leicester City.

"Eriksen had a stunning debut season in the Premier League and I'm sure many clubs are annoyed that they didn't buy him." Premier League legend - Peter Schmeichel.

Who are Tottenham's biggest rivals?

Arsenal are Spurs' biggest rivals.There are 6 Premier League teams from London but Tottenham's closest and fiercest rivals are Arsenal. Spurs play Arsenal in the North London derby and it is the first fixture that fans of both clubs look for each season. During the Premier League era, Arsenal have been the team on top, winning 19 matches in comparison to Tottenham's 9. The North London derby was first played in 1909 and in total, Arsenal have 78 victories compared to Tottenham's 55. If you want to see goals, this is the match to watch, it is the highest scoring fixture in the Premier League, with 126 goals in 44 matches. Tottenham play Arsenal on March 5th in a match that could decide the Premier League title, who do you think will win?

Watch an interview with Christian Eriksen talking about Tottenham's win on the Spurs official website.

 

Spurs play at Whitre Hart Lane.

Did you know......?

  • Christian Eriksen has been nicknamed 'The Prince of Denmark'. 
  • Eriksen was the youngest player at the 2010 World Cup, he was just 18 years old.
  • He has played 56 times for Denmark.
  • Peter Schmeichel has played more times (129) for Denmark than any other player.
  • Spurs will move to another stadium while they rebuild White Hart Lane in the next few years.

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Christian Eriksen ran the most in Tottenham's win against Manchester City.

Who is the hardest working player in your favourite team?

Is it important that teams run a lot these days?

Do teams run more when they have the ball or when they don't have the ball? Is it important to have more possession than the other team?

 

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3425
points

Nacho Monreal is running a lot. He's one of the hardest working players in my team.


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aragorn1986
18/02/2016 14:44
Montenegro
Arsenal
3425

Nacho Monreal is running a lot. He's one of the hardest working players in my team.

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aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3425
points

Running a lot - it is a precondition for good results. It doesn't guarantee anything but you can't have a winning streak without it. It is crucial in the modern era of this sport.


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aragorn1986
18/02/2016 14:48
Montenegro
Arsenal
3425

Running a lot - it is a precondition for good results. It doesn't guarantee anything but you can't have a winning streak without it. It is crucial in the modern era of this sport.

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aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3425
points

Usually the teams with the ball don't have to run a lot because they make many passes. If they do it succesfully then it is on opponents to take the ball, so they'll have to run a lot to intercept it.


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aragorn1986
18/02/2016 14:51
Montenegro
Arsenal
3425

Usually the teams with the ball don't have to run a lot because they make many passes. If they do it succesfully then it is on opponents to take the ball, so they'll have to run a lot to intercept it.

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aragorn1986
18/02/2016
ME
3425
points

The ball possesion doesn't guarantee a good result. On the contrary, the team with a bigger possession of the ball usually have negative score, so they have to make constant pressure.


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aragorn1986
18/02/2016 14:53
Montenegro
Arsenal
3425

The ball possesion doesn't guarantee a good result. On the contrary, the team with a bigger possession of the ball usually have negative score, so they have to make constant pressure.

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I agree up to a point. Higher ball possession does not necessarily mean you are going to win. But such top-flying teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Arsenal would say that the ball possession is one of the important ingredients of the team's success.


nikosonris
18/02/2016 16:16
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I agree up to a point. Higher ball possession does not necessarily mean you are going to win. But such top-flying teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Arsenal would say that the ball possession is one of the important ingredients of the team's success.

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

I think it's Alexis Sanchez who is the hardest working player in my favourite team.


nikosonris
18/02/2016 15:12
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I think it's Alexis Sanchez who is the hardest working player in my favourite team.

nikosonris
18/02/2016
UA
2453
points

Spurs have got a good squad right now. Those lads could make history!


nikosonris
18/02/2016 15:28
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

Spurs have got a good squad right now. Those lads could make history!

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amaral
18/02/2016
AL
1915
points

The hardest working player in my favourite team is Georgino Wijnaldum.
Yeah, I think that running a lot these days means a lot in the team's performances.
I think that it doesn't matter if you have the ball or not.In both cases you have to run, when you don't have the ball you have to defend, running a lot and when you have the ball you have to attack, also running a lot.
I think that having more possesion than the other team is important, but not decisive, because a win can not be acquired only with possesion but with goals.


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amaral
18/02/2016 22:22
Albania
Newcastle United
1915

The hardest working player in my favourite team is Georgino Wijnaldum.
Yeah, I think that running a lot these days means a lot in the team's performances.
I think that it doesn't matter if you have the ball or not.In both cases you have to run, when you don't have the ball you have to defend, running a lot and when you have the ball you have to attack, also running a lot.
I think that having more possesion than the other team is important, but not decisive, because a win can not be acquired only with possesion but with goals.

assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3433
points

Yes because playing the best you have is the good way to improve yourself and lead your team to the top.


assemjuve
21/02/2016 16:05
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Yes because playing the best you have is the good way to improve yourself and lead your team to the top.

assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3433
points

I think teams run more when they do mot have the ball,it is not important to have the possession of the ball and the most important think is to score goals.


assemjuve
21/02/2016 16:09
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think teams run more when they do mot have the ball,it is not important to have the possession of the ball and the most important think is to score goals.

assemjuve
21/02/2016
PS
3433
points

I think the most hard working player is Firminio.


assemjuve
21/02/2016 16:10
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think the most hard working player is Firminio.

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elghoul
23/02/2016
DZ
1345
points

Which team had run more or had more possession is a statistic to deal with as a coach or manager. A lot of clubs have actually statistics offices. But what really matters for one match is the winner and the it makes that happens.


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elghoul
23/02/2016 14:05
Algeria
Arsenal
1345

Which team had run more or had more possession is a statistic to deal with as a coach or manager. A lot of clubs have actually statistics offices. But what really matters for one match is the winner and the it makes that happens.

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MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016
RW
2320
points

Win every match is what matters, possession is no longer important.


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MUGEMANYI
10/04/2016 10:36
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Win every match is what matters, possession is no longer important.

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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016
TR
1750
points

Selcuk Inan is the hardest working player in my favourite team.
It must be on optimum level.
In football,The teams which have the ball don't run much.


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HakanUslu1881
10/03/2016 14:59
Turkey
Leicester City
1750

Selcuk Inan is the hardest working player in my favourite team.
It must be on optimum level.
In football,The teams which have the ball don't run much.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3660
points

Martial is the hardworking player in my team manager utd. He runs all over the field, tackles, passes assist and scores goals.


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:19
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

Martial is the hardworking player in my team manager utd. He runs all over the field, tackles, passes assist and scores goals.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3660
points

For the epl it's very important teams run a lot else you could be hit on a counter attack.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:20
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

For the epl it's very important teams run a lot else you could be hit on a counter attack.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/06/2016
GH
3660
points

In both ways teams run more, either they are with the ball likebana leicester city or when they don't have the ball like many city.
Having more possession is good but possession without scoring is useless and unnecessary


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kwesimanifest
01/06/2016 15:23
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

In both ways teams run more, either they are with the ball likebana leicester city or when they don't have the ball like many city.
Having more possession is good but possession without scoring is useless and unnecessary

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

when they don't have the ball


englishman
18/07/2016 15:19
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

when they don't have the ball

englishman
18/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

it's important to score more than to run more


englishman
18/07/2016 15:21
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it's important to score more than to run more

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2Arsenal45455
3Liverpool44564
4Chelsea39901
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6Leicester City6717
7Tottenham Hotspur4148
8West Ham United3516
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