Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has revealed he is looking forward to seeing Christian Eriksen ahead of their clash with Brentford.
Eriksen joined Brentford in January, making a remarkable return after suffering a cardiac arrest on the itch in last summer’s European Championships.
Brentford’s clash with Spurs will be the first time Eriksen has lined up against his former side and it will be also be a chance for him to reunite with Conte, who managed him at Inter.
Speaking to the media, Conte revealed his joy at seeing the Danish international back playing top level football.
“First of all, I’m very happy to see him, to play football again because the images were terrible for everybody. We suffered a lot for him and his family,” said the Italian.
“I had the opportunity to meet him when he had just arrived in Brentford. I spoke to him and his family. We’re talking about not only an important player but a great man.
“I wish him and his family the best for the present and the future. To meet him tomorrow for a game will be a pleasure.
“It’s incredible because not many times have happened what happened and to see him play football, football is life and it’s great for him and his family because they’ve come back to having a normal life.”
Conte also revealed his delight at seeing youngster Oliver Skipp sign a new long-term contract with the club.
“I’m very happy for Skippy because we are talking about a good player, a young player from an academy. We know very well a player who has developed.
“He’s not only a good player, we are talking about a fantastic guy. He’s having a bit of problem with his injury. I know his frustration. I think his new contract shows we trust him a lot. He’ll be very important for the present and future of Tottenham.”
Spurs, who were beaten by Brighton last time out, are in the race for the top four at present, and Conte admitted his side must make sure the loss to Graham Potter’s side was a one off.
“Now for sure we are in this race, I want to try to stay until the end. We know very well the difficulty. I don’t think Chelsea can go in this race because Chelsea is in my opinion in a different level.
“They are there because they missed some games but they must stay in this race. We have to fight with Arsenal who showed yesterday to be in good form, with Man United, West Ham and also there is Wolverhampton.
“For sure our hope and our desire is in every game to play well and to score goals. You know very well that every game is not simple and every game is difficult. In every game you have to be 100 per cent.
“I think during a season it can happen this type of situation. Don’t forget Brighton won the last game against Arsenal and yesterday Manchester City struggled before the first goal.
“I think a draw was more fair but we have to learn that there are games that if you can’t win you can’t lose. At the end of the season even one point might help you reach your target.”
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