Tottenham star admits relief at return to Premier League chase after European exit

Christian Eriksen says it was good to refocus on the title chase after being comprehensively beaten by Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has told the club's website that it was a relief to get back to winning ways in  the Premier League after being knocked out of the Europa League by Borussia Dortmund.

Spurs were comprehensively outplayed for the majority of the two-legged tie and lost 5-1 on aggregate to the German side to crash out of Europe at the last-16 stage last week.

However, they recovered to beat Bournemouth 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday and move back to within five points of league leaders Leicester City with just seven matches remaining.

Eriksen, who scored his first goal since Valentine's Day to round off the victory at the weekend, admitted that it was vital that Mauricio Pochettino's side immediately return to form as they look to keep up the hunt for a first league title in 55 years.

The Danish international told the club's website: "It’s good to respond after Thursday – we know that in the Premier League we have different opponents with a different style of play but, for sure, it’s good to be back on track.

"Obviously it means a lot because we’re keeping a bit of pressure on Leicester and they don’t have the feeling that they are so far ahead of us.

"It’s a big difference between eight points and five points and we’ve kept it at five – hopefully the gap will be even smaller next time. This game has given us confidence for the next few matches and it’s great to have three more points in the bag before we play at Anfield."

The win means that Spurs can enter the international break knowing that they are doing all they can to catch Leicester, having won back-to-back league games without conceding since being held to a 2-2 draw by North London rivals Arsenal at the start of the month.

Pochettino hinted last week at his discomfort at having to release numerous key first-team players for international duty, and he will be desperate to see them all come through action unscathed ahead of the trip to face Liverpool in two weeks' time.

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