Jose Mourinho has revealed he cried after seeing Christian Eriksen collapse during Denmark’s Euro 2020 game against Finland on Saturday.
There were harrowing scenes as Eriksen required CPR and was taken off the pitch on a stretcher, before being transported to hospital.
Eriksen’s condition thankfully stabilised at hospital and he was able to call his teammates and speak to them before the game was restarted.
Mourinho, who was Eriksen’s manager at Tottenham for two months, has said it is “a day to celebrate” following the positive news about the midfielder’s condition.
“Today I cannot stop thinking about what happened yesterday,” Mourinho told talkSPORT.
“I think it’s a day to celebrate, not to be sad.
“Hopefully football went in a direction where the organisation, the protocols the level of the doctors and the specialists, and I also believe God was looking at football in that moment.
“Everything together made Christian to be with us, to be with his family, to be alive.
“It was much more important than football but at the same time I believe that it also showed the good values of football.
“The love, the solidarity, family spirit. It was not just about his family it was about the football family. Football bringing people together.
“I prayed yesterday, I cried yesterday, but how many millions did it around the world? I believe many because football can bring people together.
“Yesterday, for the wrong reasons football brought people together, at the end we can celebrate Christian is alive.
Mourinho also revealed that he had spoken to Eriksen’s team-mate Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and that the news was “very positive”.
“Of course, I didn’t speak with him but I spoke with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this morning and Pierre is very positive about Christian.
“The news is good, so I think it’s a moment to celebrate.”
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Denmark’s manager Kasper Hjulmand said: “We will try tomorrow to establish normality as much as possible.
“Players have different kinds of shocks and traumas and emotions, but we will try and use tomorrow and the next few days to do things as normal as possible.
“I will try to get a feeling of the players. Maybe for some players the time will be too short to get a meaning into playing football again.
“Some will try to use it as a force to try and get ever closer together.
“We will do our best in our next match and I have a sense that we will really be able to get together and do our best, so try to reach normality, try to reach during the training session as much normality as possible and do our best against Belgium.”