'We have to stay positive' - Dier, Eriksen, Kane and Wimmer post-Chelsea
28 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Christian Eriksen admitted to a 'bitter feeling' after defeat at Stamford Bridge and took his share of the blame for Chelsea's winning goal.
The Danish playmaker went from joy to pain after his stunning strike was eventually cancelled out.
Christian lashed home from 20 yards as we dominated the first 44 minutes of the first half. We were in great shape but Pedro scored an equaliser from nowhere a minute before the break and a rejuvenated Chelsea took over for 20 minutes, scoring the winner six minutes into the second half.
Here's what the players had to say...
Below: Christian rifles home for 1-0
On his first goal of the season in the Premier League...
Christian: "It’s been annoying but not frustrating. I’ve been unlucky with the keepers having good days or missing at the last moment. I’ve been in good positions and it’s just about taking the chance. I was in a good position and I took the chance and profited from it but it takes away from the glory when we end up losing. It makes it a different, bitter feeling."
Where did it turn around?
Christian: "We started very well in the first 44 minutes. They had one chance in the first half and scored a goal which gave them confidence. Our defending for the second goal, myself as well, we could have passed the second ball to a guy in a better position but that happens in a moment then you try to make up for it afterwards, but it wasn’t to be. It’s very frustrating all round but we have to pick ourselves up and we have time to prepare ourselves for Swansea next weekend."
Below: Eric up against Diego Costa
On the game...
Eric: "I thought we were fantastic for 44 minutes and then it was very disappointing to concede just before half-time, that changed things a lot and I think that’s where we need to have a strong mentality and not let it change the way we play. It was tough in the second half, they had a lot of confidence after that. Both goals came from nothing really and that’s disappointing."
What's the feeling in the dressing room?
Eric: "Everyone is very disappointed. The fans were fantastic again. We’ve given everything, there’s not a player in there who doesn’t feel that way. We fought for 90 minutes, on the back foot, on the front foot, but our mentality has to be ‘go again’."
Below: Harry high-flying with Diego Costa at the Bridge
On the game...
Harry: "We started well, came out of the blocks, created chances, took one and then had a few more we could perhaps have done better with to get us that second goal and give us a bit of breathing space. It was very sloppy to concede like that just before half-time and then the momentum is with them at the start of the second half and they capitalised. It’s always difficult to get back into the game from there. We tried, we worked the ball well, gave everything but couldn’t get that final pass or shot right."
Is there light at the end of the tunnel with how we performed?
Harry: "We have to start winning games and that’s the bottom line. We have to be tougher and start grinding out a few more results, especially when we get ahead."
How do you feel yourself, physically?
"I feel fine. It’s been a tough week so I’m pleased I’ve come through that, a bit tired now, but now we have a week to recover and prepare for Swansea."
Below: Kevin on the ball
On getting the nod at left-back...
Kevin: "The gaffer spoke to me in the last few training sessions and it’s a good feeling when the manager speaks to you and you feel he trusts you in such an important game like Chelsea away. It would be better if we won, of course. I had an unlucky game against Arsenal with the own goal but I always try to put in good performances to help the team, always give my best and try to improve."
Does the performance bode well for the future?
Kevin: "We showed we have confidence, that we believe in ourselves and after a difficult few weeks, we played good football. We have to keep our heads up and continue like this, Swansea is a very important game for us. If we can get three points perhaps we can start a new run. We have to stay positive."