Tottenham boss shares the message he gave Eric Dier in build up to Chelsea game

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur face Chelsea later today in the 17:30 Premier League kick-off.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Speaking to the media ahead of his side's crucial game against Chelsea, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino responded to questions regarding the physical nature of the game today, and explained how he had a chat with Eric Dier about how much the game has changed over the past 20 years, as quoted by the Daily Star.

Tottenham head to Stamford Bridge today in search of revenge from last season's 2-2 draw, after Chelsea came back from two goals down and subsequently ended Spurs' hopes of Premier League glory.

The game last season is probably more remembered for the constant clashes throughout the game between players and coaching staff, and Pochettino spoke to reporters how that kind of behaviour is not acceptable in the modern game, as quoted by the Daily Star:

"I think we all behaved badly. Because we believed something about them, they believed something about us, in that moment there was too much stress. It was like: Come on, we are football people and in the end it is about a battle on the pitch. I was just talking with Eric Dier in my office about how different football was 20 years ago when I was a player. I used to watch the ball, and watch the opponent because maybe you can receive a punch or kick."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino 

Dier is certainly not a player to shy away from confrontation, and he will most likely have his patience and skill tested to the maximum today when he lines up against the notoriously fiery Diego Costa.

It is a game that Spurs cannot afford to lose, with Chelsea already four points ahead of them in the table.

The game kicks off at 17:30 and can be seen live on BT Sport.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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