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Eric Dier denies rumours of rift within underperforming Spurs squad

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:00, 7 October 2019

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier has rubbished claims of there being a rift within the playing staff.

The 25-year-old England international returned to Spurs’ starting lineup against Brighton & Hove Albion having been an unused substitute for the bulk of their opening Premier League matches.

Spurs’ nightmare start: Five key things to know…

  • Tottenham Hotspur ended last season by finishing runners-up in the Champions League.
  • However, after their opening 11 matches of the 2019/20 campaign, they’ve picked up three wins.
  • Mauricio Pochettino’s men were dumped out of the League Cup (via penalties) by League Two side Colchester United.
  • They would subsequently lose 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
  • Reports have since emerged of a rift within the squad which Eric Dier has gone on to rubbish.

His presence, though, couldn’t prevent Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffering a third league defeat which came just a few days after being humiliated at home in the Champions League by German powerhouse Bayern Munich.

Dier remained on the bench as Niko Kovac’s side ran out 7-2 winners – never before have a Spurs team conceded that many in their own stadium. It subsequently led to reporters of there being disharmony among the squad.

Things didn’t get any better at the Amex as Brighton put three past them without reply. Speaking afterwards, Dier admitted Spurs are going through a challenging period, but refutes any suggestion of turmoil in the dressing room, instead backing his teammates to get Spurs out of this rut.

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“We are obviously going through a difficult period. Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No,” he said.

“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.

“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.

“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.”