By Tom Collomosse For Mailonline
Published: 17:42 BST, 7 September 2020 | Updated: 17:42 BST, 7 September 2020
Living at the training ground and performing sprints in an underground car park is no way to adapt to life in a new league and a new country.
Yet a matter of months after joining Inter Milan from Tottenham in January, this is exactly what Christian Eriksen was doing.
When the Dane, who hopes to inspire his country to victory over England in the Nations League on Tuesday, had hoped to have been helping Inter overhaul Juventus at the top of the Serie A table, the coronavirus pandemic caused the suspension of leagues across the world in the spring and turned lives upside down – with Eriksen’s situation particularly unusual.
Christian Eriksen had been living at Inter Milan's training ground and training in a car park
‘[During part of lockdown] I ended up staying at the club’s training structure with a chef and five members of staff who chose to quarantine themselves in order to protect their families,’ he said.
‘I thought of talking to Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young, but they already had families to look after, and 14 days sleeping on someone’s sofa is too long.’
‘Later in the year, I was running around the car park basement and calculated I can run 35 metres, then have to take a turn and run 35 metres back.
‘[When I tried to go to the supermarket], police stopped me and in my rather bad Italian I had to explain what I was doing, where I was going and why I was out of the house.’
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