Jermaine Jenas: Christian Eriksen went missing against Chelsea; Pat Nevin explains why

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in the League Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Jermaine Jenas and Pat Nevin have been analysing Christian Eriksen’s performance against Chelsea on BBC Radio 5.

The Denmark international playmaker was expected to be key for Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s League Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium.

The 23-year-old is one of the most gifted and talented young players in Europe, and he was supposed to lead Spurs to their first major trophy since 2008.

Although Eriksen tried his best and came close with a free kick in the first half which came back off the Chelsea crossbar, the former Ajax star eventually failed to lead Spurs to League Cup glory.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas was disappointed with the performance of Eriksen and told BBC Radio 5: ”That was as close as you are going to get to the perfect final performance from Chelsea. They never looked in danger throughout the game.

“We didn't see anything from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. Petr Cech did not have a meaningful save to make.”

While Chelsea did win the final 2-0, perhaps Jenas is pushing it a bit by claiming that “we didn't see anything” from Eriksen.

The Dane hit the crossbar from a free kick in the first half and was trying to make things happen, although admittedly he was not always in the game.

Eriksen had three shots against Chelsea of which one was on target, created three chances, had a pass accuracy of 82%, and took 84 touches.

The main reason why Eriksen’s influence on the game was limited was due to the presence of Kurt Zouma in midfield, according to former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin.

The 20-year-old centre-back was deployed in defensive midfield for Chelsea due to the absence of Nemanja Matic, and he starved Eriksen of space.

"The idea of putting Kurt Zouma in midfield was the right decision,” Nevin told BBC Radio 5. “Christian Eriksen hardly kicked the ball and that was because Zouma was brilliant.”

Zouma took some time to settle into the game, but he eventually gave an accomplished display in defensive midfield, making one tackle, two interceptions and four clearances.

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