Tottenham round-up: Dier on 'low blow' of Arsenal defeat, Chadli on Man City challenge

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening.

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has said that losing Wednesday night's League Cup tie against Arsenal at White Hart Lane was a blow, the Evening Standard reports.

Dier said the side were targeting winning the trophy after finishing as runners-up in the competition last season, but were denied further progress thanks to two goals from Mathieu Flamini - with the Gunners leaving White Hart Lane with a 2-1 win.

Dier said: “We played well and were unlucky. We got ourselves back into the game at 1-1. When we got the equaliser the crowd really got behind us and we were pushing, so it was disappointing to concede that goal late on. It was a bit of a low blow.”

While admitting he was gutted at the outcome of the game, Tom Carroll spoke to the club's official website about getting his opportunity to play in a North London derby.

He said: “These are the games you want to play in. I was delighted to get the nod and hopefully the gaffer was pleased with my performance.”

The next game for Spurs is a home clash with Manchester City at White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime, as they will look to make it three consecutive wins in the league against the current table toppers, who will be looking to bounce back from a recent disappointing defeat at the hands of West Ham United. 

Nacer Chadli told the club's website that he is confident Tottenham can get a positive result against City, who have plenty of players in their ranks who Chadli and other Spurs players are familiar with, given players from both sides make up a large chunk of the Belgium national team.

"They always have a big side and of course they’ve bought well with some great players, but we have a strong group too and we know we can play good football so we will do our best.

“This is the kind of game we want to play and of course we want to win.

“We were unlucky on Wednesday night, we deserved more, but we have to recover in our minds so that our bodies can follow."

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