Eric Dier was Tottenham's shining light in Chelsea defeat
Tottenham had a day to forget vs Chelsea.
The fans will be feeling glum this morning but it’s not all doom and gloom.
Eric Dier’s performance on the day is a reason for optimism.
The English defender was able to keep Romelu Lukaku at bay for the full 90 minutes, even if the rest of the Chelsea team threatened.
A severe second-half collapse undid all of Spurs’ good work in the first half.
Dier’s display needs to be remembered, though.
His stats for the clash were outstanding.
Not only did he win 3 aerial duals whilst up against Lukaku, but he was able to bring the ball out of the back too.
The 27-year-old also made a crucial goal-line block, completed five accurate long balls and one key pass throughout the game (WhoScored).
It was also promising to see Dier strike up a partnership with Cristian Romero.
It may seem strange in a 3-0 defeat but the centre-backs were impressive.
When N’golo Kante came on off the bench at half-time, the game changed.
Chelsea tweaked their shape which saw them beat Nuno’s press with ease as they romped to an easy win.
Next up for Spurs is a Carabao Cup game against Wolves as the Lilywhites look to bounce back.
On the weekend, though, it’s Arsenal away.
Dier will have to once again be on top form if Spurs are to get anything from that game.
Those around Dier will certainly have to improve.
He was given a 7/10 rating by Alasdair Gold in his post-match player ratings (Football.London).
Gold was impressed by Dier but claimed he ‘didn’t get the support’ from those around him, and it’s hard to argue with that.