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‘Great champion’ Eriksen can be new Pirlo for Conte, suggests Cassano

Andrea Pirlo of Juventus, Christian Eriksen of Inter Milan
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Having worked his way into the starting XI, the Danish playmaker appears to be finally kick-starting his career in Serie A.

Christian Eriksen can become the new Andrea Pirlo for Antonio Conte, suggests former Italy international Antonio Cassano.

Eriksen was recognized as one of the most creative and effective players during his seven years in England but that reputation quickly deteriorated after his €20 million move to Inter Milan.

Struggling for form and fitness, the midfielder found it hard to adapt to life in new surroundings after leaving Tottenham in January 2020.

The Denmark international was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte and Inter chief Giuseppe Marotta announced in December that the player has been put on the transfer list.

Eriksen, however, has produced an upturn in form in recent weeks. He gave a reminder of his talents in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals, coming off the bench and converting a free-kick to seal a 2-1 win over AC Milan in the dying moments of the match.

“We are talking about a great champion. He just needed confidence. It’s not that he learned how to play football today,” said Cassano via Football Italia.

“Conte is changing his mind, I hope he can give him continuity to gain confidence.

“Eriksen is a less strong [Luka] Modric, but the Croatian wouldn’t play for Conte, since he doesn’t defend.

“I always remember Pirlo. Conte’s idea of Juventus wasn’t with Pirlo. Conte then found Pirlo, with some pushes from old and current senators. He invented the 3-5-2 and won everything.”