Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has told the club’s website how he feels his teammates have made his job easier.
The centre back was reflecting on the performance against Arsenal last weekend, with Spurs winning the North London derby 2-1 thanks to a brace from Harry Kane and Dier has stressed it was a collective effort.
“We did really well defensively but I think, particularly in this game, it started from the attackers,” said Dier.
“They didn’t let Arsenal breathe from the beginning. That made things really hard for them and made our job easier at the back.”
The comments are encouraging because they show a collective will to succeed.
The attack pressing and working hard takes the edge off of the back four and also gives them more time to get into good positions to deal with attacks as they develop.
If an attack is lazy in terms of providing cover, that’s when the opportunities for opponents to open up gaps in a back four develop.
The important thing for the Tottenham defence away at Liverpool this evening is to defend effectively and keep a clean sheet.
As the attack makes the job of the defence easier, the defence can help out the attack by reducing the burden on them; it’s easier to win a game 1-0 than 4-3.
Tottenham are building some momentum and it’s important that continues and increases the confidence within the team over the next few weeks.