Eric Dier thinks Spurs have improved since last Chelsea clash

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The Tottenham midfielder has stated that his team have taken lessons from their Capital One Cup defeat to the Blues.

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has stated that his side have improved since the last time they played Chelsea, with FourFourTwo reporting on his thoughts on Sunday’s meeting between the sides.

The London rivals met in the final of last season’s Capital One Cup final, with Jose Mourinho’s men prevailing 2-0 to lift the trophy.

The teams meet against this weekend with Spurs on a 12-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and the Blues floundering after a slow start to the new campaign.

Dier, who has been reinvented as a midfielder this term, has stated that he and his young team-mates took lessons from their defeat at Wembley and are ready to make amends at White Hart Lane.

"I personally learnt a lot that day and I think everyone else did," FourFourTwo quote Dier as saying.

"They were very impressive that day because I think we were the better side but they just knew how to win.

"You could tell they had a lot of experienced players who have played a lot of games and won a lot of trophies and they knew how to win, to grind out a result.

"But I think we've proved that we learnt from that this season and we've ground out results like the one at Qarabag [1-0 on Thursday]."

Tottenham look to have embraced Mauricio Pochettino’s footballing ideals this season and have been a more resolute side under the Argentine.

Dier will come up against Nemanja Matic in the boiler room, with the meeting of the enforcers sure to have a telling impact on the eventual outcome of the game.

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