Pochettino defends Christian Eriksen amid heavy criticism from Denmark boss

Christian Eriksen playing for Denmark at Euro 2012

Having been slammed by Denmark boss Morten Olsen, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended Christian Eriksen.

Tottenham landed something of a coup in the 2013 summer transfer window, snapping up Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen for just £11m despite being considered as one of the top young players in Europe just months earlier.

Eriksen enjoyed a superb first season at White Hart Lane, racking up 10 goals and 10 assists in 36 games as the only one of ANdre Villas-Boas to achieve any sort of success following the sale of star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for £86m.

Under his third Tottenham manager in Mauricio Pochettino, Eriksen has had a slow start to the season with just two goals and no assists in the first seven games of the campaign, and it seems he took that average form onto the international stage having suffered a poor game against Portugal - which led to heavy criticism from his manager Morten Olsen.

"It is a brutal world, otherwise you have to play at another level. It is not Ajax any more, this is not development," said Olsen. "After so many matches he could pick up the ball and help to control the game. He has not been able to."

"It is quite something when you have to criticise a player like Christian Eriksen. It should not take place. If it was a player at a lower level, one could say that he had no class. But with Christian Eriksen do not make the mistake. I must be tough and say to him. And he knows it well," added Olsen.

It's a stinging attack on his star player, but Olsen's comments have been met with a swift riposte from Eriksen's Tottenham manager Pochettino, who says the club are 'very happy' with his play so far this season.

"It's his (Olsen) problem," said the Argentine. "My problem is to look after my player Christian Eriksen. I am very happy with his performance and commitment. I have never analysed what international managers said about my players."

"I can only say we are happy with Christian. He is very good professional and commitment with team and club is good."

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