Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is proud of the desire which Eric Dier showed following his crunching tackle on Sergio Ramos.
Dier lined up in the England midfield for the 3-2 victory against Spain in Seville on Tuesday night. The Spurs midfielder steamed in on the Real Madrid man after Ramos’ first touch across his own penalty area was heavy which allowed Dier to put in one of the most solid sliding tackles you are ever likely to see.
The challenge left Ramos on the floor complaining to the referee and getting a taste of his own medicine. The Spaniard typically likes to take up the role of the on-field enforcer, but there was no doubt who was the boss after that challenge.
The Spurs boss expressed his pride not only for Dier, but also Harry Kane, Kieran Tripper and Harry Winks who all started the match.
Eric Dier vs Sergio Ramos with one of the most fabulously pointless clatterings ever seen. Magnificent. pic.twitter.com/hYfGBTmgdX
— Panini Cheapskates (@CheapPanini) October 15, 2018
Pochettino told Sky Sports: “I think they [Tottenham players] were brilliant, we were talking today about how the attitude was amazing,” Pochettino told Sky Sports News.
“Against Spain if you do not play with more attitude than them, they have unbelievable players and it makes difficult your job.
“I think they were outstanding and it’s difficult to say Eric [Dier] or Harry Winks or Harry Kane or Kieran Trippier [was best], I think all the team was brilliant.
“The motivation to play against Spain will be so useful [for Tottenham], you need to play with this attitude and then appear your quality and your talent.
“Attitude is important in football for the success and I think it is important for these types of players, I think they have a great potential in the future to win titles [for England]”
When asked about Dier’s challenge, Pochettino expressed his pride at his midfielder’s desire: “Yes of course, very proud.”
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