Fri 25 February 2022 | 21:29

Brentford boss explains Eriksen’s return to football

Thomas Frank is happy about Christian Eriksen’s return as he will play his first game soon.

After training with other teams following his departure from



Christian Eriksen

is finally close to entering the pitch again after his cardiac arrest while playing for his national team, and his new boss at



Thomas Frank

, has talked about his return, insisting that he is an experienced player and can help the Bees.

"I like to try [to talk to] all the players a tiny bit every day, but of course there's players like Christian Norgaard, Pontus [Jansson], David Raya, Ivan Toney - they are the four in the captain's group, so I speak to them a little more than other players,"

Frank said


"I naturally speak more with Christian [Eriksen] because he is in that experienced bracket, plus the situation, we want him getting up to speed.

"I've been speaking to Christian three times of half an hour to 45 minutes about everything, how he is, how we do things, his physical [condition], tactics, the plan, where I see him and all that.

"But I'd say it's the same amount of time [spent talking to] I used on, for example, Ivan Toney when he came to the club - an important player who I want to play and I want integrated as quick as possible. I use a lot of time on them in the beginning because I know that if they work, the team will get better and we will have a greater chance of success.

"I think that'll be an ongoing process with Christian going forward. When everything is clicking, I will still speak to him but it will be a little less."

Frank has also talked about Eriksen’s form insisting that the Danish forward has been fit and that his personal trainer has done a good job preparing him for his return.

"I think first and foremost he's done a good job together with his personal coach in terms of getting a good physical foundation, so when he came he was in a good physical place,"

Frank said


"After the first week where he went from, not zero but into team training with high intensity and people around him, his body reacted quite well to that. That means his body was in a good place. Then it was just about timing, tempo, intensity, a lot of players around him, taking the right decisions, and you can just see he's getting a bit better week by week by week.

"Now he's in a good place, now it's that game rhythm that he needs to get into his body and get that intuitive feeling or decision making at the highest level. I am convinced he will do well tomorrow, but I also know it will probably take, whatever, three or four games until he's more likely to play a ten out of ten. It's difficult for all players to play a ten out of ten but I think tomorrow he will play on pure energy and enthusiasm.

"It will just take that [bit more time] to get that rhythm and consistency in all his crosses, set pieces and actions. You need that rhythm."

source: SportMob

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