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Eric expecting intense atmosphere

Posted on 25 February 2015  - 09:56

Eric Dier expects Fiorentina’s fans to be right behind their side at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Thursday – but remains confident in our ability to win.


We go into the second leg of our Europa League Round of 32 tie with the scores poised at 1-1, Roberto Soldado’s opener having been cancelled out by Jose Maria Basanta at White Hart Lane last week.

Our hosts on Thursday have an away goal to their name because of that but, nonetheless, defender Eric believes we’re capable of toppling the Serie A giants on their own patch.

“It’s going to be really tough, a really difficult game, but if we play how we know we can and how we did in the first half when they came to us last week then I think we’ve got a good chance,” declared the 21-year-old.

“We know how they like to play – they defend very well, they’re very good tactically so it’s going to be a really difficult match.

“Their fans are very vocal as well so I’m expecting a great atmosphere, but for us there’s no other way to look at it – we’ve got to try to go through.”

Eric completed the full match on Sunday as we snatched a last-gasp Premier League draw against West Ham United at the Lane, having been 2-0 down with just nine minutes left.

Danny Rose’s goal reduced the arrears, before Harry Kane stepped up to take a penalty in the last few seconds of stoppage time with a chance to level the scores. Hammers goalkeeper Adrian saved the kick but Harry followed in and scored from the rebound – with Eric admitting he experienced an anxious few seconds on the pitch.

“It was a very nervous time!” he said. “I saw the keeper go the right way but I couldn’t see whether it had gone in or not because there were people in the way, but when I saw the ball bounce out to Harry’s feet after the save was made I was very happy to see him score.

“We didn’t start as well as we have recently and our football wasn’t as aggressive and intense as normal so that was disappointing, but in the circumstances we’ve got to be happy that we managed to fight back. We showed great character and great spirit to get a point.”