Tottenham lost 1-0 away at Bournemouth on yesterday afternoon, putting themselves under more pressure in the race for the top 4 spots.
As result of the defeat, the Liywhites have to win against Everton on the final day of the season, in order to secure Champions League qualification for next season.
Spurs started the game much the better side but failed to take any of the chances they created in the first half. Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth both received their marching orders from the referee either side of the interval, meaning that Spurs had to play almost an entire half of football with just 9 men.
While Pochettino’s men fought valiantly and came close to going back home with a point, they were undone by a late Nathan Ake header.
Apart from the two red cards that Spurs received, they could have had another one as Eric Dier was walking a very tight rope in the first half. The England international looked sloppy and off the pace right from the start and was eventually replaced at the interval.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas was extremely critical of the decisions the 25-year-old made on the pitch against the Cherries and put it down to a lack of game time.
Jenas told BBC’s Match of the Day (04/05/2019), “It definitely showed in his (Dier’s) performance today. A lot of decisions he made told you, I suppose, that lack of game time that he’s had.
“He could have easily got a second yellow. A lot of things he did were very clumsy. It’s what you are like when you haven’t played for a while.”
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Dier has looked extremely shaky in the games he has played so far since making his return from injury, getting disposed multiple times, and also giving the ball away with poor passes.
However, that is to be expected given that the 25-year-old was out for several months, and it was the first major injury spell of his career. With only a couple of more games left to go this campaign, we will only likely to see the best of Dier next year when he has another pre-season under his belt.
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