Eric Dier has played a key role in Tottenham’s start to the season under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
Starting at centre-back for the majority of last term under Jose Mourinho before falling out of favour, the long-serving player has begun Spurs’ first two league games of the 2021/22 campaign.
Helping the Lilywhites to a brilliant opening day win over Man City with a solid display at the back, Dier more than played his part again as Tottenham won 1-0 at Wolves last Sunday.
Speaking about the win over the Premier League champions in Tottenham’s official matchday programme, the defender reflected on the victory and outlined a rather different favourite moment from the special day in N17.
“It was the moment that everybody had been waiting for – to have a full stadium again – and I think for us, as players, you saw that in the performance, what it meant, and you saw what it meant to the fans” he explained.
“It was an amazing experience against City, to win and play the way we did. For that to be the first game with fans back was a great moment for everyone.
“I think my favourite moment of the whole day was actually leaving the stadium in the car after the game. Obviously, we’re not quite yet back to normal, but there was a real sense of normality about it where you could see fans and families all walking home after the match.
“That kind of atmosphere before and after the game, just seeing things happen outside of the stadium like programmes being sold again, food being bought, the atmosphere. It was just really nice to see.
“As a player, seeing that on the streets around the stadium before and after the game, it definitely affects you whereas, over the last 18 months, we haven’t had that influence.”
Having worked under Mauricio Pochettino and Mourinho at Tottenham previously, Dier now has another new boss to learn from after Espirito Santo was named at the helm at the end of June.
Despite having only spent a short time with the Portuguese boss so far, the England international is enjoying his time with Espirito Santo and his coaching staff.
“We had a small idea (of what to expect from Nuno) having played against his Wolves side many times over the last few years, so we definitely had an idea about his teams and certain things about them,” he added.
“But he has had a very positive impact on me. I’ve really enjoyed working with him and all of his coaching staff, having a full pre-season and getting to know him and what he wants in that time.
“He is definitely bringing his ideas of what he wants his team to be and is trying to implement them. I’m really enjoying the way he does that and the way we are working on a day-to-day basis with all of his staff. It has been great so far.”
Source by Football London