When Denmark midfielder Thomas Delaney ordered his teammates to kind a circle round Christian Eriksen on the sphere, he was appearing partly on intuition and partly from expertise.
Delaney was the participant who first initiated the protecting circle to protect Eriksen from public view after he collapsed in the course of the recreation in opposition to Finland on the European Championship.
Delaney and ahead Yussuf Poulsen addressed the incident Wednesday forward of Denmark’s recreation in opposition to Belgium on Thursday at Euro 2020.
Delaney, who performs for Borussia Dortmund, stated he has seen an opponent collapse throughout a recreation earlier than and realized how a lot consideration could be on Eriksen as he was getting remedy.
”I’ve sadly skilled this earlier than. I’ve seen it earlier than. And there are lots of people who’re very and curious,” Delaney stated. ”Yussuf was by my aspect and we determined to make this protect to guard him. It was not solely to guard Christian and the medical employees, but in addition Christian’s family and friends. It was not a enjoyable state of affairs to be in, however it was the best way we may assist Christian.”
Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest close to the top of the primary half in opposition to Finland and needed to be resuscitated with a defibrillator. He remained in a Copenhagen hospital on Wednesday however was recovering nicely.
”All of it occurred very quick. Quite a lot of gamers reacted in a short time,” Delaney stated. ”It was clear to us that Christian wasn’t doing nicely, when he took two steps and fell. So some issues wanted to be performed in a short time. (Denmark captain) Simon Kjaer arrived in a short time and we referred to as for assist.”
Kjaer, who’s shut mates with Eriksen and his household, has additionally obtained numerous reward for initiating first help even earlier than the medics arrived after which serving to consolation the Inter Milan midfielder’s companion when she got here onto the sphere.
”Simon confirmed his character. The entire gamers, the entire crew, confirmed character throughout these lengthy minutes,” Delaney stated. ”(Kjaer) takes numerous stress on his shoulders, and he’s performed that in these final couple of days as nicely. However we’ve all been struggling individually in several methods.
“I do know it was powerful for Simon, it’s been powerful for lots of people. However he has, to spherical it off, a giant persona. We all know that, and I believe lots of people see that now. He deserves the reward he will get.”
Denmark opted to carry its remaining coaching session at its base camp exterior Copenhagen on Wednesday as a substitute of at Parken Stadium, the place the Finland recreation was performed.
Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand acknowledged that will probably be an emotional expertise for the gamers to return to the stadium, however stated they might have the choice of taking a crew bus into Parken on Wednesday night simply to course of the environment once more.
”How we’re going to react about getting again, we don’t know,” Poulsen stated. “The way it’s going to impact us emotionally, and the way it’s going to impact us being there. … It was an expertise that none of us have been in earlier than at this degree, so we’ll see how every particular person individual will react to it, as a result of it’s going to be completely different for each one in every of us.”