Eric Dier Defends Dele Alli: He Is Not A Malicious Player

Eric Dier Defends Dele Alli: He Is Not A Malicious Player
Dec 22, 2017

News Tottenham

Eric Dier has jumped to the defence of teammate Dele Alli after the 21-year-old received heavy criticism for his tackle on Kevin De Bruyne in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Tottenham.

Alli, along with Harry Kane, only received a yellow card each for their challenges at the Etihad, despite opposition players being sent off for far less this season.

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Tottenham currently sit seventh in the Premier League table, below Burnley and North London rivals Arsenal. The last thing Mauricio Pochettino would have wanted was three-match bans for both Alli and Kane, though Dier believes Alli’s tackle is what happens in football.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 23-year-old said: “Dele is not a malicious player. He’s made a tackle, the referee made a decision, gave him a yellow card and that’s that really.”

“You know, it’s football. The speed at which it is played there are going to be bad tackles, there are going to be good tackles and that’s football”

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Pochettino’s next chance to guide Spurs into the top four with arrive when they face high-flying Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday. However, the Argentine recently said he wouldn’t accept a fourth-placed finish if offered it now, saying: “Do I want higher than that? Yes, of course. I am not a comfortable person. I love to take a risk.”

“I feel I am a winner. Sometimes the winners lose too and they have to lose to feel the pain. But I never accept a result before it is.”

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