Spurs boss Conte looking forward to Brentford’s Eriksen reunion | football news

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte said he is delighted to see Christian Eriksen back in action after suffering cardiac arrest at last year’s European Championship and looks forward to seeing the Brentford midfielder again in Saturday’s Premier League game.
Denmark midfielder Eriksen helped Contes Inter Milan win the Serie A title last season but was forced to leave the club as players with implanted heart start devices are banned from playing in Italy.
The 30-year-old spent seven years at Spurs before joining Inter. He was a free agent when he joined Brentford in January and signed a contract through the end of the season.
“Meeting him for a game tomorrow will be a pleasure,” Conte told reporters on Thursday. “I’m really happy to see him and play football again because the pictures were awful for everyone. We suffered a lot for him and his family.
“It’s incredible because that doesn’t happen often and seeing him play football again makes me very happy because football is life.
“I had the opportunity to meet him when he had just arrived in Brentford. I spoke to him and his family. We’re not just talking about an important player, we’re also talking about a great man. I wish him and his family all the best for the present and the future.”
Conte added that long-term absentees Matt Doherty, Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp remain sidelined but there are no new injury worries for Spurs ahead of their brief trip to Brentford.
A home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend ended a run of four straight wins for Spurs, who now meet an in-form Brentford side led by Eriksen.
Thomas Frank’s side, in twelfth place with five wins from their last six games, have won all five times that Eriksen has started for them.
Tottenham remain fourth in the league thanks to a better goal difference than Arsenal, who kept the pressure on their north London rivals after Wednesday’s win over Chelsea, and Conte said his team needed to ensure the Brighton defeat was a one-off.
“Now we are safe in this race, I want to try to stay until the end. We know the difficulty very well,” he said.
“We have to fight with Arsenal, who showed themselves in good form yesterday, with Manchester United, West Ham and also Wolverhampton (Wanderers).
“Of course our hope and desire in every game is to play well and score goals… We have to learn that there are games you can’t lose if you can’t win them. Even at the end of the season. ” A point can help you achieve your goal.”

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