sport news Christian Eriksen casts his magic spell as Mauricio Pochettino praises the ...

Christian Eriksen is one of those footballers with the rare and priceless ability to turn the course of a game with one flash of brilliance.

He has done it before and will no doubt do it again but rarely will this attribute be illustrated more clearly then it was at Chelsea on Sunday in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Tottenham were a goal down and leaking chances, and pencils were being sharpened to write once more about the psychological barrier they cannot clear at Stamford Bridge.

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Christian Eriksen for his performance against Chelsea on Sunday

The Tottenham boss insists the 26-year-old midfielder is 'the man who makes my Spurs play'

The Tottenham boss insists the 26-year-old midfielder is 'the man who makes my Spurs play'

Enter the transformational Eriksen.

Collecting a pass 30 yards from goal, he shifted the ball on to his right foot, nudged it forward and, realising he had not been closed down, he went for goal.

'Now you know why I call him 'Golazo',' beamed Mauricio Pochettino after the match as he basked in a 3-1 victory and the status of becoming the first Spurs boss to win at Stamford Bridge for 28 years.

'Christian scores unbelievable goals. For sure, that was one of them. It was great. You can see he is so important for us. He has so much talent. Eriksen is a player who makes the team play.'

Since joining Spurs for £12.5m from Ajax in the summer of 2013, Eriksen has steadily improved

Since joining Spurs for £12.5m from Ajax in the summer of 2013, Eriksen has steadily improved

Indeed he does make them play. He opens the door. When defences are packed or when games are tense and the opposition is strong, the Dane has the key. And he never fails to deliver something special against Chelsea.

Sometimes it is the telling pass, such as the exquisite ball to release Son Heung-min, slid effortlessly into space, inviting the South Korean to advance in the build-up to what was ultimately a scruffy third goal.

Eriksen has vision and awareness and he understands his role when Spurs are in possession, finding space, addressing the ball, assessing the angles and selecting the correct option. Once he has done this in a split-second he has the technical class to execute the pass or shot with either foot.

He is to Spurs what Kevin De Bruyne is to Manchester City. Harry Kane brings the goals, Son the pace, Dele Alli the menace and Eriksen is the creator-in-chief.

Dele Alli scored a brace at Stamford Bridge as Spurs move eight points clear of Chelsea

Dele Alli scored a brace at Stamford Bridge as Spurs move eight points clear of Chelsea

Sunday's victory was the first time since 1990 that Spurs had won at Stamford Bridge

Sunday's victory was the first time since 1990 that Spurs had won at Stamford Bridge

At the moment, he is performing consistently at the top of his game, and doing it against some exceptional opponents. He would not look out of place if he were passing and moving in Barcelona's midfield or in Pep Guardiola's City team.

Eriksen was always destined for the top. He toured some of Europe's top clubs on trial when he decided to pursue his career outside Denmark. Twice he visited Chelsea but he signed for Ajax.

Since joining Tottenham for

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