Eric Dier: "We're in a good place"
Thu 14 October 2021, 15:15|Tottenham Hotspur
Perspective is the key word for Eric Dier as he reflects on the start to the season in the Premier League and our trip to face Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday (4.30pm).
That start is well documented - three wins out of three, Manchester City, Wolves, Watford, no goals conceded followed by three tough losses, Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal. The team responded well to that heavy derby blow by beating NS Mura in the Europa Conference League and then, impressively and importantly, Villa last time out.
"You have to have perspective, that's most important," said Eric, who has started all seven Premier League matches so far. "The Palace game, I got injured after 10 minutes, Japhet got sent off, we were missing players due to international duty, so, a lot of difficulties.
"Chelsea, again, perspective. We had a very good first half, we couldn't keep that consistency for 90 minutes, but we played well in the first half and it was something to build on. The one game where there is nothing positive to take away and there are no excuses for is Arsenal.
"Villa was a huge result for us. We needed it as players, to show a response and that we're a lot better than we showed against Arsenal. Look, one game isn't enough to repay the fans for that result and what it means to everyone, but we're in a good place and we need to continue to try to build."
It's safe to say all eyes will be on Tyneside on Sunday for the first match of the new regime at St James' Park. "You can't deny there will be an emotional reaction from the fans and the team," reasoned Eric.
"The whole building is probably energised, so we have to be ready for it. I'm looking forward to it, the atmosphere will be incredible. It will be difficult, but every game is difficult in the Premier League.
"We're all starting to find our feet - new manager, new set up, a lot of new faces in the dressing room - so hopefully we'll hit the ground running this time after the international break."