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Mourinho praises ‘phenomenal’ Dele, Spurs supporters

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Spurs aren’t happy with how they ended Saturday’s 3-2 win over Bournemouth, but they know they more than controlled the proceedings and collected the three points that matter so much.

Tottenham improved to 3-0 in all competitions under Jose Mourinho, building a three-goal lead over the Cherries in moving into fifth place for the time being.

[ RECAP: Spurs 3-2 Bournemouth ]

“I felt the boys felt a bit tired after playing a high intensity game, but we had the chance to score the fourth goals, but then in the Premier League the game is always alive,” Mourinho said. “We played well for long period of the games, we had a few scary moments but I think the fans enjoyed. We scored seven goals in four days.”

Dele Alli starred with two goals, and has been a different player in recent weeks.

Mourinho is loving what he’s seeing out of a player who’s had an off period following a superstar start to life in the Premier League.

“He plays in a position where he feels happy and comfortable, we also give him space for his creativity which he always has,” Mourinho said of Dele. “I think he played three phenomenal matches since I arrived.”

The supporters have tentatively climbed about the Mou train, giving him a fine reception at home.

The manager is pleased with that.

“The fans love the club, I’m not saying they love me but they accept me as a top professional who wants to give everything for the club,” Mourinho said, via the BBC.

“People have more reasons to love me if they like my work, but the fans are behind the team and the see us working hard to get to a position in the table that is more suitable to the talent of this squad.”

Up next is a big one for the boss, and his new charges are ready for the atmosphere.

Eric Dier is aware of what midweek means for Jose Mourinho, away to Manchester United.

“Next one is a massive game for us and also for the manager coming back to his old club and it’s always a great place to go,” Dier said. “We had some good results there and hopefully we can have another one.”

Dier to miss Spurs Asia tour

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As PST’s own Kyle Bonn rightly said, nothing marks the start of a Premier League preseason like players either showing up injured or suffering an injury early on.

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This is the case for Tottenham, which announced on Saturday in a vaguely, short message on its website that Eric Dier had undergone surgery, and would thus miss the team’s preseason tour of Asia.

Eric Dier has undergone a medical procedure to correct an issue detected during medical assessments on the first day of pre-season training,” Tottenham said in the statement. “Following the successful procedure Eric will now undertake a short period of rehabilitation. He will therefore not travel on the Club’s pre-season tour to Singapore and Shanghai.”

It’s another bad sign for Tottenham and Dier. The England international played just 20 Premier League games last season due to various injuries. He missed time due to thigh, calf, and hip injuries, as well as appendicitis. Now, after a month off following the UEFA Nations League, Dier should have arrived healthy. However, whatever the ongoing problem is, it’s going to at the least delay him building his base for the 2019-2020 season.

Tottenham faces Juventus on July 21 in Singapore, Manchester United on July 25 in Shanghai, China, and then Inter Milan on August 4 back home in London, all part of the International Champions Cup.

 

Spurs wind up fourth after last-day draw with Everton (video)

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  • Dier smashes home from a CK (3′)
  • Walcott & Sigurdsson hit back (69′ & 72′)
  • Eriksen’s FK makes it 2-2 (75′)
  • Spurs finish with 71 points
  • Everton come 8th, with 54 points

In the end, Tottenham Hotspur got themselves over the finish line — even if just barely — to finish fourth in the Premier League and secure their place in next season’s Champions League, regardless of what happens in this season’s final three weeks from yesterday.

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Mauricio Pochettino‘s blew an early lead them came back to draw Everton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, securing their place as the fourth-best side in the PL. With Chelsea drawing Leicester City on the final day, a win would have put Spurs third and seen them finish top of the PL’s seven London clubs.

Tottenham needed just three minutes to find the net after being held scoreless in each of their last two PL games. Erik Lamela‘s corner kick wasn’t clear at the first time of asking and the ball fell to the feet of an unsuspecting Eric Dier, who hadn’t scored a goal all season after missing half of the season through various injuries. Dier made no mistake with his rare sight of goal and smashed it home for 1-0.

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Everton drew level with Spurs, through a former Arsenal man assisted by a former Spurs man, in the 69th minute. Gylfi Sigurdsson found Theo Walcott near the edge of the box, where he cut inside and drilled a left-footed shot low and just inside the far post.

Spurs fell behind just three minutes later, when Cenk Tosun bundled the ball over the line. No one in a white shirt could put a foot through the ball from a corner kick — much like Dier’s opener — and the Turkish international did just enough to put it an inch or two over the line.

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Everton led for all of three minutes, thanks to a stunning free kick from Christian Eriksen. The Danish midfielder set up 22 yards out, on the left side of the goal, and hit it ever so perfectly around the wall and just inside the far post. With the ball bouncing just in front of Jordan Pickford, England’s no. 1 could do nothing to keep it out.

Dier out of England squad, back at Spurs with another injury

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Eric Dier‘s injury/sickness-riddled season from hell began a new chapter on Friday, when the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder suffered a “muscular injury” and was forced off the field after just 26 minutes of England’s 5-0 thrashing of the Czech Republic.

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Dier, who has missed almost the entirety of the 2019 calendar year thus far (appendicitis, followed almost immediately thereafter by a bout with tonsillitis), has subsequently dropped out of the England and returned to Tottenham for treatment.

The phrase “muscular injury” is, presumably intentionally, vague and open-ended. The range of severity is, basically, anywhere between “torn hamstring” and “minor niggle.”

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What’s very clear is the fact Dier’s injury comes at the most inopportune moment for Spurs, yet again. Already thin in the midfield to start the season, and having sold Mousa Dembele without acquiring a single player for two straight transfer windows, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side has a colossal trip to Anfield in eight days’ time.

Dier has appendix removed, out until January

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Tottenham’s Swiss army knife went under the knife, and now will miss a busy part of Spurs’ schedule.

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Eric Dier was diagnosed with appendicitis this week, and will be out until January after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix.

Dier, 24, plays defensive midfield, center back, and right back for Spurs and England, and has made 17 appearances with two goals for the North London side this season.

From TottenhamHotspur.com:

The England international midfielder was diagnosed with appendicitis after contacting our medical staff due to acute Abdominal pain. He received immediate treatment to assess and then remove the appendix.

This will cause plenty of headaches for Mauricio Pochettino, who would’ve loved Dier’s versatility ahead of this busy festive season.

Spurs face Arsenal in a League Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday before meeting Everton, Bournemouth, Wolves, and Cardiff City by New Year’s Day, and an FA Cup match on Jan. 4.