Jose Mourinho has made a ridiculous decision to include Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen in his Champions League Team of the Year, per RT via Football365.
The Denmark international helped Spurs to the final of the competition, where they lost to Liverpool in Madrid on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder was anonymous in the game, though, and was similarly absent throughout the majority of the tournament.
He scored in the group stage encounter with Inter Milan but since then he has been nothing more than a passenger.
An assist against Borussia Dortmund in the 3-0 victory was fine but his credited assist against Manchester City at home is a fallacy; that was all Son Heung-Min’s own work.
And at the Etihad, he almost dumped his own side out of the competition, playing a brainless ball from midfield back into defence that was diverted into Sergio Aguero’s path. He laid it on a plate to Raheem Sterling, who scored, but VAR stepped in and ruled it out.
He then did the square root of nothing against in both games against Ajax and in the final he was absolutely absent.
This is a player who has been linked with Real Madrid and is clearly rated by the best coaches in the world but it is genuinely difficult to see why.
Mourinho has included him in his team, perhaps, because he wanted a Tottenham representative.
He could have picked Jan Vertonghen, the steadfast centre-half who has barely put a foot wrong and was one of Spurs’ best players in the final; or Danny Rose, reborn this season; or Heung-Min Son, the scorer of some of the most important goals in the campaign; or perhaps Lucas Moura, who netted that immortal hat-trick in Amsterdam against Ajax.
Instead, he seems to have plucked Eriksen’s name out of a hat.
It is a bizarre decision at best and makes one wonder if he has actually watched Spurs in the Champions League this season.