Christian Eriksen admitted it’s getting easier every day after making his debut for Brentford with a first win at his new club.
The Danish playmaker made his first start since June 12 – when he suffered cardiac arrest – in Norwich on Saturday and helped the newly promoted team to an important 3-1 win.
It widened the gap between Brentford and the relegation zone, while it was another step in the right direction for the former Tottenham attacker, who has made a remarkable comeback since “died for five minutes” at Parken Stadium and has an implantable cardioverter -defibrillator (ICD) had ) device installed days later in Copenhagen.
Eriksen, who played the whole game at Carrow Road, told BBC Five Live: “I think when you take the win it feels very good. I’m very happy, glad to play 90 minutes again because it’s been a long time, but it went very well.
“Thomas (Frank) asked me if I felt okay playing 90 minutes and I said it’s not a problem for me. I’m feeling good, I’ve been training very hard and I’ve been part of the team for a few weeks to get used to the system they have here, how we want to play.
“It’s getting easier every day and of course it helps to play a full game. Personally, it was about getting fully fit again and being able to play football at the top level again, so we’ll see where that takes me.
“Obviously I’m here to help Brentford stay on top and get my own football career back on track.”
Frank insisted that after Ivan Toney’s hat-trick led to their first league win in nine tries, Eriksen could realistically play every game until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old’s class showed early on in Norfolk, with his trademark long-distance passes from both feet before his fine 32nd-minute effort gave Toney the opener from a corner.
“I wouldn’t say it was a new chapter, it’s just my life moving on,” Eriksen said after his first competitive start in almost nine months.
“Obviously I had a bit of a setback, it took a couple of months but it was about really getting my family back together and being a normal family again.
“To be here now, eight or nine months later, is incredible. Thanks to all the people and my family around me who have supported me. I am pleased to be here.”
Norwich’s fifth consecutive defeat in all competitions stopped her in the end and saw her booed.
The Canaries have little time to lick their wounds as Chelsea are set to visit on Thursday, but boss Dean Smith was left frustrated by the Premier League’s decision to play the game so close before the trip to Leeds next weekend that only six points above the basement lies side.
“We could play Chelsea here on Wednesday and have two days of coaching before that, but the Premier League have decided to move that to Thursday so we hardly get any coaching for the Leeds game,” he said.
“You have to deal with the hand that is dealt to you and we do. We will keep working hard and hopefully now we can reverse some results and have some luck ourselves.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/it-gets-easier-every-day-christian-eriksen-feeling-very-good-after-win-in-first-brentford-start-41416728.html “It’s getting easier every day” – Christian Eriksen feels “very good” after winning the first start in Brentford.