Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen has leapt to the defence of his teammate Harry Kane after the forward's recent barren spell in front of goal, saying that people expect Kane to score a hat-trick every game.
The England captain has not scored in his last four games for club and country, failing to find the back of the net in losses to Watford and Liverpool as well as England's games against Spain and Switzerland.
Speaking to the Independent, the Denmark international said: "Everyone expects him to score three goals every game.
"As a team we know we have to feed him, but in a team that is losing it is very difficult to score goals, even one that keeps creating chances. I know Harry wants to score more, and so do the rest of the team. At the end of the day it doesn't matter who is scoring and who is not scoring. It's about winning games."
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"I feel sharp and fit and if I wasn't the manager would not be picking me.
"He believes in me, I believe in myself and hopefully I can score a couple of goals on Tuesday and it will be put to bed." #THFC pic.twitter.com/Nq22ijRwKO
A summer which saw no new arrivals at Spurs, as well as one in which many of their first team stars progressed to the latter stages of the World Cup, looks to have played a part in a stuttering start to the season.
Despite their indifferent start, Eriksen claims that fatigue is definitely not a reason for their poor form.
The 26-year-old added: "We are not tired after the World Cup. Everyone has had near enough the same break.
"Of course we are unfortunate we had so many players going so far in the tournament, which meant they started their pre-season later.
"But our performances have had nothing to do with tiredness. And personally, I haven't felt tired. There is no better place to put things right than at the San Siro. It's the perfect stadium to play in. And there will be no better way to start a Champions League campaign than with a win at the San Siro. It's going to be an exciting game."