Christian Eriksen turned in such an anonymous display as Tottenham Hotspur were beaten by Liverpool in the Champions League final that Danny Rose, the club’s left-back, had a better attacking performance than the Dane.
It has to be said that very few Spurs players emerged from the encounter with genuine credit; bar Rose, it was only the centre-back pairing and perhaps Son Heung-min who will be proud of their shift.
Rose, though, was the standout performer down the left flank, constantly looking to make something happen.
Spurs were ultimately frustrated, but the England left-back appears to have come through the worst moments of his career and has completed a remarkable turnaround. Having been linked with an exit in the past, in the showpiece, he turned up.
Rose completed four successful dribbles, per WhoScored, more than any other player on the pitch, and also laid on three key passes. His pass completion rate was 88% and he also delivered two successful corners and had one shot on target.
By comparison, Eriksen, the player linked with Real Madrid, was anonymous at best and atrocious at worst.
He too had one shot on target. Amazingly though, he did not complete a dribble, he laid on just one key pass and he had a passing accuracy of 85%. Despite being Spurs’ go-to set-piece taker, he did not complete a single accurate corner.
This is a player who is said to be valued at over £100million by both Spurs and Real Madrid.
On the grandest stage of them all, he fluffed his lines to the extent that his side’s left-back offered a greater attacking threat. That has to be mightily embarrassing for the Dane.
Perhaps, at the end of the day, this was Rose’s magnum opus, the finest performance of his career in one of the biggest games a footballer can play in.
Or perhaps it was proof that Eriksen simply isn’t as good as he thinks he is.