Eriksen's the best in free kicks: Pochettino

Christian Eriksen scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur from a free kick. He then added a second free-kick goal as the Spurs battled to a 2-2 draw against Swansea.
Christian Eriksen scoring the first goal for Tottenham Hotspur from a free kick. He then added a second free-kick goal as the Spurs battled to a 2-2 draw against Swansea. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Christian Eriksen netted two superb free kicks to earn Tottenham Hotspur a 2-2 draw at Swansea City on Sunday and his manager Mauricio Pochettino believes the Dane's dead-ball skills rival anyone in the Premier League.

Eriksen equalised twice for Tottenham after Andre Ayew's header and a Harry Kane own goal had put the Swans ahead in an entertaining game at the Liberty Stadium.

His first, in the 27th minute, left poorly-positioned Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski flat-footed. But there was no doubting the quality of his second in the 65th minute when he curled a fizzing right-footer over the wall and into the net.

"He has a real quality with his delivery and his free kicks," Pochettino, who felt his side should have earned all three points, told reporters. "I think he is one of the best, or maybe the best in the Premier League, from those situations."

Playmaker Eriksen scored 12 goals last season for Tottenham, including a last-minute winner in the corresponding fixture. But the 23-year-old had not registered in the current campaign until Sunday, with a knee injury hampering his form.

Yet, he could easily have scored a hat-trick of free kicks while having several other efforts narrowly off target.

While Tottenham, unbeaten in the league since the opening day of the season, missed a chance to move into the top four, Garry Monk's Swansea are winless in five games in all competitions.

"It was much more like our old selves today and you could see the passion and desire were massive," Monk, whose side are 11th, said.

"If we hadn't conceded those two soft free kicks we would have won today."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2015, with the headline 'Eriksen's the best in free kicks: Pochettino'. Print Edition | Subscribe