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Did Fernando Llorente cost Christian Eriksen the assist of the season?

The great Dane was at his best at Stamford Bridge

Christian Eriksen is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing Premier League player to watch right now.

He is King of the aesthetes. A Great Dane.

In fact, for a term typically only associated with wonderful left-footers, Eriksen might be the only man in the modern game who possesses a cultured right foot.


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Anyway at Stamford Bridge last night one wave of Eriksen’s magic wand nearly produced the goal of the season.

Unfortunately for him, and for Spurs, it wasn’t prime Robin van Persie on the end of it, but instead a totally out of sorts Fernando Llorente.

Besides the goal that took a thrilling Carabao Cup semi-final contest to penalties, Llorente generally looked like a competition winner, his first touch making Romelu Lukaku’s look like velvet.

Midway through the second half, Spurs launched a counter attack when Paulo Gazzaniga found Eriksen near the halfway line.

Spurs’ midfield maestro stopped the ball going out of play with one touch and then unleashed the most sumptuous half volley, raking cross-field pass you ever did see.

Everything about it was perfection.

The contact with the ball, the shape of its flight and the fact it cleared the Chelsea defender by no more than an inch.

It’s just a shame for both Spurs and footballing purists everywhere that Llorente was on a different wavelength, in a galaxy far, far away.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, heck even Mauricio Pochettino, would all probably have provided the finish the assist deserved.


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