Eric Dier believes we need this in football

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur took on Arsenal in the latest North London derby this weekend, looking to make it a perfect three wins out of three for the week.

Spurs had already battered Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley, and saw off Inter Milan in a must-win Champions League tie midweek.

They also found themselves ahead in the NLD after scoring two goals in as many minutes in the first half to put the score at 2-1.

Unfortunately, the weary legs of Tottenham were run ragged in the second half, and Arsenal went on to dominate the tie.

The Gunners eventually ran away to a 4-2 victory, a tough defeat for Spurs fans to take.

However, the derby was a great spectacle to watch, as most NLDs often are.

You could tell there was real passion and desire pumping around the veins of all 22 players on that pitch.

This is something that can be lacking in some football matches in the modern game.

Eric Dier believes we need feisty encounters such as the NLD.

The Enfield Independent report he said: “The nice thing about Sunday is that it felt like a derby again.

“I don’t think it’s felt like that for quite a few years and football needs these kind of games.

“If you take the emotion out of these games then you’re ruining football.

“It can go for or against you at times but at least it felt like it felt like a derby again from everyone’s point of view.

“That’s really good for football. But we’re not happy when we lose any game and it’s no different.

“We started the game really badly and all the goals we gave away were sloppy.

“The first 10 to 15 minutes we were not good enough. But we managed to find ourselves and get back in the game and at half-time we were in a very good position.

“Second half we just weren’t good enough. It’s hard to say why straight after a game. But they were better than us and deserved to win.

“But there’s so long to go in this league and we’re very confident in ourselves. We were in the same position last year after we came here.”

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