Martin Keown praises Tottenham's tactics, makes an interesting claim about Christian Eriksen

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Martin Keown was impressed with Christian Eriksen's display for Tottenham against Manchester City.

Pundit Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he's impressed with how Tottenham's tactics help them overwhelm teams.

Spurs moved to within two points of top spot in the Premier League after a superb 2-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday evening.

Harry Kane's penalty gave Spurs the lead, and after Kelechi Iheanacho had equalised for City, Christian Eriksen popped up to slot home a fine winning goal for Tottenham.

In an unpredictable Premier League season, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino deserves great credit for building a real title contending team - and his tactics have been praised throughout the season.

Against City, Tottenham were just too quick with their pressing, with Manuel Pellegrini's men seemingly shell shocked at how quickly Spurs were hunting in packs to win the ball back high up the pitch.

With a narrow attacking midfield trio of Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, Spurs were able to contain City and keep them playing infield, with full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose offering the width going forward for Spurs.

Now, pundit Martin Keown - a former Premier League winner with Tottenham's rivals Arsenal - has told the Daily Mail that he is impressed with Tottenham's overwhelming pressing, and noted Eric Dier's role in Pochettino tactics.

Keown also praised playmaker Eriksen for his display at the Etihad Stadium, and made an interesting claim about the Danish international - he thinks Eriksen doesn't receive the credit he deserves for his performances.

"With their system - full backs joining the attack with Eric Dier dropping off to form a back three - they can have five or six players forward and overwhelm teams," said Keown. "Christian Eriksen popped up all over the place and was majestic. I still don't think he gets the credit he deserves," he added.

With Eriksen, there was a time where some believed he was a better player - or at least better value for money - than Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, but those claims have gradually died down.

Still a highly influential player, Eriksen did have a dip in form earlier this season, but looks to be back to his creative best of late - and he will no doubt know how hard it is to receive praise in such a lauded team.

Hugo Lloris is seen as one of the best goalkeepers in the league, Toby Alderweireld is arguably the finest centre back in the country, Mousa Dembele has had a stunning season, Dele Alli has taken the league by storm, Harry Kane continues to be a goal machine, and so on and so on.

Amidst all that, Eriksen does deserve praise - and if Tottenham do win the Premier League title, we may look back on his goal against City as a defining moment in Spurs' season.

Do you think Eriksen deserves more praise?

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