Christian Eriksen believes that Tottenham proved on Saturday that they are not “the Harry Kane team”.
Spurs edged to a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth at the weekend, moving them into third in the Premier League table after eight games.
They are five points behind current leaders Manchester City, whose manager Pep Guardiola courted controversy when he described the north Londoners as “the Harry Kane team” last month.
Eriksen’s goal against Bournemouth extended a superb start to the season for the midfielder, who now has four goals in his last five matches for club and country.
He has arguably been Tottenham’s best player this term, even with the form of the exceptional Harry Kane, and perhaps the most slighted by Guardiola’s assessment.
“Of course nobody wants to be called a one-man team, if it’s meant seriously,” he said.
“I don’t know if it was, but if it was, then it’s a team performance and I think, like the manager said, if you have respect you probably don’t say it. But maybe it was a joke.
“I don’t think you should take anything personally. I’m not sure how it’s been said. I think everybody knows that now you should take it with a gram of salt and see what it really is. I haven’t read anything about it really so I don’t know what’s really going on, what the argument is really.
“I think over the last few seasons it’s been almost the same team every season. We know each other very well.
“There are strong links between all the players and a good feeling going into training and going into the games.
“We’ve got something special and I hope that’s what people on the outside see, and it’s what the squad feels.”