Dier: Tottenham players know fans have been frustrated

Eric Dier says Tottenham players are aware of fans’ frustrations this season.

The team sits fourth in the table as the season breaks for the World Cup and have advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League after topping their group.

“Yeah, of course that [criticism] is always going to exist sometimes. I think the biggest critics are ourselves, it doesn’t really matter what anyone else says, because we are going to be more critical of it than anybody else,” said Dier. “Before the game [against Leeds] that was the message to ourselves. You know, things aren’t really that. We are in the top four, we have been got through the Champions League, first in the group. So, yeah it’s important to keep perspective and there is obviously a long way to go.”

He added: “Of course the schedule is crazy, I have never experienced anything like it in my life. Playing every three days for I don’t know how long it has been – it’s unheard of I think. So, obviously it has been tough for everyone, but yeah that’s the situation.

“I think it has been a good first half of the season. We are in the Champions League, and the top four. For us it was really important to finish with a win.

“It was a hard struggle, we made it difficult for ourselves, we have been doing that recently, but at the same time [Leeds] are a very good side, they have had a lot of big results, against some top teams, beat Liverpool away. They have a lot of good players, they play a lot of good football, they are very good in transition as well. Thankfully we got the win.

“It is frustrating to keep on having to come back, it’s frustrating but at the same time we have a lot of belief in ourselves. We knew if we got the equaliser we could go on and win and even when we were 3-2 down we felt like if we got that equaliser we would win. We are just conceding too many goals at the moment, that is the problem.”