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Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen studied Andrea Pirlo free-kicks

Eriksen scored two free-kicks against Swansea. Photo: PA

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen has revealed studying Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo is the secret behind his dead-ball brilliance.

Eriksen produced two superb free-kick strikes as Spurs twice fought back from deficits to draw 2-2 at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.

They were the Denmark midfielder's first goals of the season after an injury-hit start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old has underlined his reputation as one of the best free-kick exponents in English football - even if he spoke about an Italian influence.

"I've watched Pirlo taking free-kicks and he makes it look so easy," Eriksen said.

One of Eriksen's sublime set pieces sails into the top corner. Credit: PA

"When he's there (over the ball) he knows what to do.

"But everybody has a different position of doing it. I know I have my own and it's working."

Eriksen said that he had not even been practising free-kicks because of a knee injury which ruled him out for a month until mid-September.

"I've done it for many years but I haven't really done it since I was injured - I think my practice was in the game because we had a lot of free-kicks.

"But I know what feeling I have to step over the ball and score. I've always had a good shot and take free-kicks.

"At Ajax I only took them at the end of my time there, but at some point it turned after a lot of training and a bit of focusing."