Tottenham's Eric Dier fouls Chelsea's Eden Hazard
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has indicated that he thrived on his crunching tackles against Chelsea, speaking at a press conference reported by The Times.
The England international was fortunate not to be sent off late on in the controversial 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, with his challenges on Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard riling the Chelsea players.
Dier said that the manner in which Tottenham went down helped them prove a point, that they are not a soft team and cannot be treated as such.
He said: “I don’t think it was just me. I think as a team we wanted to show a different side to our game.
"Things boiled over at times, but at the same time Tottenham are trying to get rid of a certain image and I think that helped.
“For a long time Tottenham have had a certain image which I don’t think this group of players and this manager enjoy. Obviously we are trying to change that. It isn’t easy and it is going to take time but that is our aim."
Tottenham and Chelsea players clash
The incidents and post-match scuffle led to both clubs being fined by the FA as a result.
Dier is set to feature for England at Euro 2016, and is not likely to change his game any time ahead of the tournament.
Eric Dier celebrates with Jamie Vardy (L) after scoring the third goal for England
The draw at the Bridge cost Tottenham the league title, with Leicester City crowned champions.
Spurs went on to slip up in the two following games, allowing rivals Arsenal to steal in and finish in third position.
Tottenham's Eric Dier shoots at goal