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“I just saw” – Eric Dier highlights damning stat revealing Tottenham’s biggest weakness in top-four race

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 20:15, 23 April 2022

Tottenham saw their Champions League dreams take another major hit following a goalless draw at Brentford this evening.

For the second consecutive Premier League game Antonio Conte’s men failed to register a single attempt on goal this coming on the back off winning four straight and bagging 14 goals across those aforementioned outings.

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The result, coupled with north London rivals Arsenal beating Manchester United earlier in the day, leaves Spurs two points behind the Gunners with five matches remaining. This was also the fourth time Spurs have failed to register a shot on target in a match this season which is twice as many as any other side.

Following their loss to Brighton at home many observers expected the Lilywhites to recover but they once again flattered to deceive in a London derby. No side has won fewer points in such fixtures this season than Tottenham (10), while they have scored fewer goals than any other side (9). If anyone deserved all three points it was Thomas Frank’s men.

Ivan Toney, their leading marksman, hit the woodwork on two occasions including what could have been a late winner. However, all that being said, only Chelsea (18) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than Brentford (15) this season, while the Bees have conceded fewer goals in such games than any other side (7).

He wasn’t the only Brentford player catching the eye with former playmaker Christian Eriksen dazzling in midfield having created no fewer than four chances today. In fact, since his Premier League debut for them in February, no player has created more chances for the west London club than Eriksen (14), who who has recently been linked with a return.

Conte, who had previously coached the Dane at Inter Milan, wasn’t surprised to witness his performance. “Christian Eriksen is very good with the ball. He’s able to use both feet and be dangerous. He’s incredible on set-pieces and we are talking about a really good player. I was very happy to see him in this fantastic form,” he told Sky Sports.


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As we enter what Sir Alex Ferguson once described as ‘squeaky bum time’, and with everything congested in the fight to earn a top-four spot, results like today’s are potentially commonplace. It wasn’t that long ago Arsenal suffered three consecutive losses.

“Obviously at this stage in the season, when we’re fighting for what we’re fighting for, a point is never enough. Last week we should have finished 0-0 and we didn’t, we lost. This week at least we didn’t get complacent at the other end but we have to settle for a draw which is the second-best thing to a win I guess,” Eric Dier said afterwards.

“I don’t think we created enough chances and our play wasn’t very fluid as it usually is and has become under the manager. I saw we had no shots on target again for two weeks in a row. It’s not just the forward players, we need to give them the ball in the right positions. We’re really disappointed.

“It’s not what we expect after the way we’ve been attacking and the amount of chances we’ve been creating and scoring. We’ve not been as flued in our play, not got in good positions and been sloppy in our play.

“We know what’s at stake. I think in the last three games a lot changed and in the next three a lot can change. We need to focus on ourselves and try to win all of our games. Today is a hiccup but we have no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to go again next weekend. It’s still in our hands because we have to play [Arsenal].

“We have a lot of games to play before that. A lot can change. We have to stay in our bubble and try to figure out why we haven’t been fluid the last few games.”

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