Ex-Udinese Midfielder Morten Bisgaard: “Christian Eriksen Can Boost Nerazzurri Prospects By Learning Italian”

February 16, 2021 22:00
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Christian Eriksen can kick-start his Inter career by following one simple piece of advice, according to his fellow countryman and former Udinese midfielder Morten Bisgaard.

Eriksen surprised many viewers on Sky Sport Italia on Sunday when he conducted a half-time interview in Italian during Inter’s 3-1 win over Lazio.

Bisgaard, who spent three years at Udinese in the late 1990s, is confident the 29-year-old would enhance his chances of succeeding with the Nerazzurri if he continued to learn the language.

“The most important thing, of course, is how you express yourself on the pitch, but knowing Italian in this sense helps,” Bisgaard explained, who also made eight appearances for the Danish national team.

“For everyone in Serie A, communication takes place in Italian in training and tactical meetings, because Italians are not very good in English, so they insist on speaking Italian.

“Eriksen is lucky that Antonio Conte knows English, so face to face he can give him some instructions in English, but otherwise everything takes place in Italian.

“He came to Italy and didn’t understand the language.

“It also meant he didn’t play, because he simply didn’t understand what to do tactically.”

Eriksen’s form has improved in 2021 following a role change and this run comes after a troubled first year with the Nerazzurri, where he struggled to express himself to his full potential for various reasons.

While still not fully the Eriksen of old and the one Inter believed they were signing, the 29-year-old’s performances in central midfield have offered many encouraging signs for Conte.

“For Eriksen it’s about finding the right position and to be only himself on the pitch,” Bisgaard added.

“But it seems that he is getting more and more credit and that he has integrated into the team.”

Eriksen has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Inter this season, scoring his only goal of the campaign during last month’s Coppa Italia quarter-final win over AC Milan.

He is in contention to start the final Derby della Madonnina of the season on Sunday, with Arturo Vidal not certain to be fit in time.

By Cammy Anderson