‘It’s a terrible mistake… but it hasn’t affected his game’: Glenn Hoddle praises Spurs defender Eric Dier for the way he bounced back after his error led to Eintracht Frankfurt’s opening goal in Tottenham’s 3-2 Champions League win
- Glenn Hoddle praised Spurs player Eric Dier for not letting a mistake rattle him
- Dier lost the ball which led to Eintracht Frankfurt’s opening goal on Wednesday
- But Tottenham bounced back to secure a vital 3-2 win in the Champions League
- Hoddle respected the way the 28-year-old defender ‘played his way through it’
Glenn Hoddle praised Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier for not letting an earlier error ruin his game in their 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 28-year-old lost possession in his own box 14 minutes into the game, and the German side capitalised. It led to Daichi Kamada opening the scoring.
Whilst Spurs did turn the match around through strong performances at the other end of the pitch from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, there was always a risk that Dier would be penalised for his mistake – especially as the hosts had to hold on against a late wave of Frankfurt pressure.
However, Dier did not let his error stop him from playing his game, something that Hoddle was quick to praise during half-time, when Spurs were 3-1 up.
Eric Dier has been praised for not letting an error prevent him from playing his usual game
Glenn Hoddle said he liked that Dier’s style of play was not dampened despite the earlier error
Speaking about the opener, Hoddle said: ‘It’s a terrible mistake from Dier. [Jesper] Lindstrom has got to take a lot of credit. He’s pressed the ball, he’s on the side.
‘They’re the traps they’ve been setting Tottenham. Tottenham were sloppy late in the game last week. It’s something they’ve [Frankfurt] looked at, to press hard and press high, and it came off for them.
‘It hasn’t affected his game. What I love about Dier, he’s been able to play some semi-risky passes and not freeze. He’s played his way through it.’
Dier played the opening 78 minutes of Wednesday’s win, before being replaced by Davinson Sanchez.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Son focused on how his side had overcome the adversity of going behind to spur them on to get the valuable three points that put them top of their Champions League group with two games to play.
Heung-min Son said ‘there is always going to be mistakes’ in football, but they bounced back
Son said: ‘It’s our home, and we don’t want to go down 1-0.
‘[On the opening goal] Obviously, it’s a big mistake [by Dier], but in football, there is always going to be mistakes. We need to bounce back and that’s what we did. The game completely changed.
‘Before half-time, 3-1, a really good performance, and good results, but second half, we need to score more goals to finish the game.’
Son and Dier were both on the bench for the latter stages of the game, as Spurs conceded a late goal, and Frankfurt had chances to equalise deep in stoppage time. The fears about the result were not alleviated when Kane missed a penalty in the added time as well.
However, Spurs escaped with the three points intact, and will qualify for the last 16 with victory over Sporting Lisbon in two weeks time.
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