Christian Eriksen emphasises difficulty of Tottenham's Europa League challenge

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has suggested the Europa League will now be more difficult due to sides coming into the competition from the Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has admitted to the club’s website it will be difficult for the team to win the Europa League.

Spurs take on Fiorentina this evening as the European action returns and the Danish midfielder has emphasised the scale of Tottenham’s task because of the quality sides that have just entered the competition.

“It’s always exciting in the knockout stage and it’s win or lose now – nothing in between. Everyone wants to go through,” said the midfielder.

“A number of teams have come down from the Champions League as well now and if you manage to win the competition you get a Champions League place, so everyone wants to do well.”

Tottenham have a good chance of doing well, but they will be relying on a number of things going their way.

They need luck to be on their side in the form of decisions going their way in big games, if they are able to get the better of Fiorentina over their next two matches.

The manager Mauricio Pochettino also has to make the right calls consistently with his team selection.

If he can rotate his squad effectively to try and keep everyone fresh, Spurs should be able to stay at a very high level in big games.

The attack has to fire. There are going to be games where Harry Kane doesn’t play, which places pressure on Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor to take half chances, which give the team an advantage.

Clean sheets are also important and if Tottenham can marry everything together, there’s no reason they can’t progress to the later stages, despite sides coming into the competition from the Champions League.

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