4 key passes, 7 recoveries: Tottenham's Christian Eriksen a big positive despite defeat

Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen had a lively game at Old Trafford.

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen put in a positive performance despite his side’s opening-day 1-0 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Spurs headed into the encounter as second favourites following United’s heavy investment this summer and considering the North Londoners’ rather depleted squad.

Boss Mauricio Pochettino has made few signings this summer, especially in attack, and they traveled to Manchester with players such as Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela not 100 per cent fit - not exactly an ideal situation.

Still, there were positives to take from their defeat, with Denmark international Christian Eriksen in particular putting in an impressive performance in an attacking midfield role.

  ShotsKey PassesWas FouledDefensive Duels WonTacklesBall RecoveriesAccurate PassesMinutes Played
Christian Eriksen 3 4 3 5 2 7 30 90

Indeed, as Opta stats show, the former Ajax man was heavily involved throughout and for the most part looked like the only capable player of breaking the deadlock for the visitors.

Eriksen took a total of three shots for Spurs and created four chances via key passes - more than any other player on the pitch and more than the rest of his team-mates combined.

From a defensive perspective, meanwhile, the 23-year-old contributed well with two tackles, five defensive duel winners and an impressive seven ball recoveries. United’s goal came courtesy of a first-half own-goal from the unfortunate Kyle Walker, another player who performed well considering his luckless error ultimately separated the two sides.

It wasn’t an ideal season opener for Pochettino and his side yet there were positives to take from the game. But the lack of creativity - Eriksen aside - shows the need for an extra addition up top and potentially in midfield.

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