Eric Dier has admitted that his side’s mentality “needed to be better” after we lost 3-1 to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
Pep Guardiola’s champions elect moved to within three points of claiming the league title, as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan (penalty) and Raheem Sterling disposed of Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Wembley Stadium.
“We started very poorly today and not how we envisaged starting. It was a big hill to climb once they’d scored their two goals. When it went 3-1, the game was over,” Dier told Sky Sports News.
He added: “Our mentality needed to be better to start the game in the right way. Man City started on the front foot. Against a team like them, it’s difficult if you’re two goals behind. We reacted well and at the beginning of the second half we played well too. We didn’t have it in us to get back into the game again.”
The defeat brought an end to a 14-game unbeaten run in the top flight. Defeat coupled with Chelsea’s victory at Southampton mean the blues close the gap to seven points while Liverpools 3-0 win over Bournemouth leaves the reds 3 points ahead in 3rd (with one game in hand)
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