AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has opened up about his reaction to the health scare suffered by Inter midfielder Christian Eriksen during the Euros.
Speaking to journalists during the “Campioni sotto le stelle” event, as reported by FCInterNews, the Italian tactician reflected on the seriousness of the Dane’s health emergency and the ramifications it held for him.
Eriksen’s collapse during Denmark’s EURO 2020 group stage opener against Finland in Copenhagen shocked the football world, though in the end the story did not have the ending that many would have feared.
The 29-year-old was given first aid and rushed to the city hospital where his condition was stabilized and he was determined to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Eriksen is now recovering well, but as Pioli speaks about, it did look for a time as though the outcome could have been a lot worse had speedy intervention not been undertaken to save the midfielder.
“I felt great anxiety for Christian,” Pioli said, “and the presence of [Milan defender Simon] Kjaer made me more involved. What Simon did is not an everyday thing. I had no doubts about his human characteristics, even if his clarity of thought was remarkable.”
“I feared for the worst, but afterwards it was a great relief. We talked about it a lot during that period, not now because I think he too needs to go through this moment with his best friend. Now let’s try to talk about something else, to try to forget.”