Brentford manager Thomas Frank greeted countryman Christian Eriksen’s emotional arrival in January by claiming he could be the club’s “greatest signing ever.”
It was a claim made in the aftermath of the deal that reintroduced the midfielder to the game after he suffered a cardiac arrest while playing for Denmark in their Euro 2020 opener last June.
Eriksen stated that he felt “like I was taken out of this world for five minutes.” So seeing this hugely popular 30-year-old fit and healthy again, let alone resuming a playing career that many feared was over, was a joy.
And Eriksen delivered substantial evidence to back up Frank’s bold prediction in Brentford’s 4-1 thrashing of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as he pulled the strings and scored his first Brentford goal as the centerpiece of one of the best results in the club’s history.
As he raced into the corner to join the ecstatic celebrations of the Brentford fans, Eriksen’s face was wreathed in smiles, as they finally enjoyed the kind of result and performance they could barely have imagined when they made the seven-and-a-half mile journey across west London.
Brentford had not beaten Chelsea since 1939, and they deserved every ounce of their happiness.
The holders of the Champions League were humiliated by the magnificent Bees.
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