“Last night had a lot of impact on me,” the Ajax player told the NOS. “I know Chris personally and the situation is terrible and of course I have also been through a lot in this area. I had to overcome a mental hurdle to start playing. I struggled with that last night and today. I am proud that I did it.”
Not playing, definitely haunted Blind’s head, who at the end of 2019 was struck with an inflamed heart muscle and has been walking around with an ICD box in his chest ever since. “It made me realize a lot. I didn’t sleep very well. I was watching live, also with guys who have experienced Nouri (the drama in 2017, ed.). I saw many recognizable things. That made it intense. For my family, my parents and my wife. But I am safe, I have that guarantee from the doctors.”
Eriksen is now doing a bit better. Although little is known about his exact health status. Blind participated in three quarters of a game against Ukraine.
The drama surrounding Eriksen made a big impression on Orange. Stefan de Vrij is Eriksen’s teammate at Inter. ,,We play and we are very good together. I recently called him and everything was fine. Then you see that match and this happens. Then you will have goosebumps watching. I was really defeated. There was complete silence for ten minutes. There were many emotions. Fortunately it ended well. But you do realize that it could have turned out very differently.”
“Luckily he’s okay now. It’s something you think about all the time, but you still have to focus on the game. When the referee blows the whistle, you have to concentrate on the game and it worked out well.”
Wout Weghorst does not know Eriksen personally, but was also affected by the fate of the former Ajax player. ,,It was horrible. On the bus here, Quincy showed a photo of him coming out of the window and giving Eriksen a thumbs up. Fortunately it seems to have ended well. But it affected everyone a lot, especially the guys who played with him. But even for me as a stranger, the world fell silent for a while. That something like this could happen to a healthy person on the football field is frightening. It really scared us all.”