Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier attempts to explain hard challenges v Chelsea

The holding midfielder crunched both Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas last night.

Tottenham Hotspur’s title dreams ended last night with a 2-2 draw against Chelsea - but they did not go down without a fight, literally.

Spurs had nine players booked and were lucky not to have Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele sent off – whilst Eric Dier was also lucky not to receive a red card.

He flew into two late tackles, one on Eden Hazard and one on Cesc Fabregas which should have equated to a red card from Mark Clattenburg.

Of course Hazard and Fabregas were the two Chelsea players who made it very clear in the build-up to this match that they wanted Leicester to win the league and would be doing everything in their power to stop Tottenham getting the accolade.

So after the game, as quoted by ESPN, Dier attempted to diplomatically explain why these two Chelsea players in particular came in for the treatment:

"Our objective was to come here and stand up to them.

"We haven't appreciated some of the stuff that's been said this week and we came here and stood up to them. We can be proud. We're a young team.

"I think at the end it did get a bit too much and obviously I'm disappointed with that and we'll learn from that. Next time we'll focus on the football and get the win instead."

This will no doubt endear Dier more to the Tottenham fans.

In the future hopefully Tottenham can keep their heads in these situations but in the meanwhile, getting some retribution on two players who finally decided to turn up the passion as the end of -season party-poopers must have been a good feeling.

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