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Eriksen looking to inspire Spurs comeback

8 May 2019

Christian Eriksen heads back to Ajax for the first time since leaving in 2013 as he looks to inspire a Spurs comeback in the UEFA Champions League semi-final.

The mercurial Dane has been an integral part of Tottenham’s march to the final four of the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.

But Spurs face an uphill battle to secure a place in the final of the competition having lost 1-0 in the first leg.

A Donny van de Beek goal after 15 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has given the Dutch outfit the advantage heading back to Amsterdam.

Eriksen left Ajax in 2013 having enjoyed three years at the club, netting 32 goals in 162 appearances.

The midfielder has been a consistent performer in his six seasons in north London, finding the net 67 times.

Eriksen isn’t the only former Ajax player heading back to Amsterdam for the second leg.

Toby Alderweireld started his professional career at Ajax, making his debut in 2008.

The centre-back also departed Ajax in 2013, moving to Atlético Madrid before heading to Spurs in 2015 where he has become one of the Premier League’s best defenders.

Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen also graced the Ajax jersey and could feature in the huge clash as they both recover from injury.

Spurs will be buoyed by the return of Son Heung-Min following his suspension from the first leg.

The South Korean has been one of Tottenham’s outstanding performers this season, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.

That includes two strikes in the thrilling quarter-final second leg against Manchester City where Spurs progressed on away goals.