Eriksen: This is what we've been fighting for
Every footballer wants to play in big games like Sevilla v Manchester United, says Christian Eriksen.
Our Danish midfielder is hotly anticipating Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second-leg at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, where United will attempt to progress to the final four of this season's competition before a fierce partisan crowd in Andalusia.
Read and watch the full club media interview with our no.14 below...
Eriksen: You want to play in these big stadiums
Christian Eriksen believes Manchester United are wily and experienced enough to get a result in Seville...
Christian, how excited are you to play here tomorrow, in a massive European quarter-final second leg?
“Yeah, it’s going to be a very big game, I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a nice pitch, a nice stadium and nice weather, so perfect.”
It’s going to be a really passionate home support. How much does that thrill you as a player, to play in front of a partisan crowd like that?
“You want to play in big stadiums, with a lot of people – cheering or booing, or whatever, one or another. It will be nice, it’s definitely going to help the atmosphere and also the football.”
I’m guessing this is the kind of game you joined United for, big European nights like this?
“I think every footballer wants to play the big games against the bigger teams, the bigger clubs in the bigger stadiums, with a lot of fans with or against you. It’s definitely one of the games I’m looking forward to.”
Your return has been very timely given the injuries we’ve had. How much extra responsibility do you take, given your international experience and level of ability?
“It won’t be much different from normal, I don’t think. Everyone in the squad has tried a lot of things before as well, I think a lot of people will come with know-how, of what to do. If they need advice, they’ll probably ask me or find someone else, but no, I think we’re ready to go. They’re going to be excited for tomorrow.”
Just finally for all the fans travelling over here to support the Reds, how much would it mean to you to progress in this competition?
“Yes, it would mean a lot. That’s what we’ve been fighting for all season, to get as far as possible. It’s nice to see the fans coming here, giving us support and we’re trying to give them something back in the game, with a win.”