Eric Dier has today drawn comparisons between Frank Lampard’s Chelsea and the Tottenham team that he was part of during the early years of Mauricio Pochettino’s stint in north London.
Spurs host Chelsea
Capital giants Spurs and Chelsea are currently locked in action at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The matchup comes as a crucial one in the race for a spot in the top-4.
As things stand, with 17 games on the board, Chelsea occupy the final Champions League berth.
The once-healthy advantage held by Frank Lampard’s men over the chasing pack, however, has been cut to just a point this weekend.
This comes amid a dismal recent run of domestic form on the part of the Blues.
Chelsea have fallen to defeats in 4 of their last 5 league fixtures, the latest of which saw the Londoners downed by struggling Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Spurs, on the other hand, have enjoyed an upturn in form since Jose Mourinho’s appointment.
The Lilywhites have notched 4 wins from their last 5 Premier League outings.
This catapulted Tottenham into 5th in the English top-flight (before yesterday’s games), just 3 points adrift of Chelsea.
As such, another win this evening would see Spurs replace their London rivals in the top-4.
‘A lot of similarities’
One individual who certainly doesn’t feel as though the hosts will have it all their own way over the coming hours, despite Chelsea’s recent struggles, though, is Eric Dier.
Speaking in anticipation of today’s derby clash, Spurs midfielder Dier was full of praise for his side’s latest opponents, even drawing comparisons between Frank Lampard’s side and the one which he was part of during the early years of his Tottenham career, under Mauricio Pochettino:
‘I see a lot of us four years ago in this Chelsea team.’
‘I think there’s a lot of similarities from when we started out with Pochettino and what Chelsea are doing now.’
‘They’re performing at a consistent level, which is really good, and they all look very hungry which is good for people that are a bit older, they’re pushing everyone.’
‘It’s a very young squad with a lot of English players that have got their chance and seem to be relishing it.’
‘It’s a young manager as well and they seem to be playing a very good style of football, a very brave style of football.’
‘It will be exciting to play against them. We’ve had many great games against Chelsea in the last couple of years, hopefully this will be another one and will go in our favour.’
Quotes via the Telegraph