Tottenham defender Eric Dier admits he’s ‘deeply hurt’ by Carabao Cup final defeat

Tottenham defender Eric Dier has been ‘deeply hurt’ by his side’s final defeat to Manchester City as they await a trophy.

Dier has been the mainstay of a Spurs squad that has fought for honor over the years, but has always fallen to the last hurdle.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City follows a 2015 League Cup defeat, a heartbreak in the 2019 Champions League final and two Premier League challenges dropped at the crucial moment.

Eric Dier (second right) admitted Tottenham's final defeat in the Carabao Cup was extremely painful

Eric Dier (second right) admitted Tottenham’s final defeat in the Carabao Cup was extremely painful

The loss meant that Spurs’ 13-year run without a trophy will be extended after another close run

This was another opportunity that passed and it was one that left Animal in tears.

“I’m not going to lie, this one is very tough because seven years and not to have a trophy it hurts me deeply,” he said. So you have to go again. It is heavy.

‘Very disappointed. I can’t really say anything other than that. A chance to win a trophy and we fell short in the worst possible way with the goal we got. ‘

Spurs did not deserve to cross the line, as City dominated the game and took a number of opportunities.

But a mix of heroic defending and wasteful finishing kept Spurs in the game until Aymeric Laporte scored a header in the 82nd minute.

Aymeric Laporte scored a winner in the 82nd minute to give City another Carabao Cup triumph

Pep Guardiola’s City squad have now won the league in each of the past four seasons

“ With the way we got into the game at the start of the second half, built some momentum, survived the start of the first half when we knew it was going to be tough, they are a great team, it’s disappointing , ‘Said Dier.

‘People had to deliver in no time, we did too, box tackles, interceptions and then we miss just that little bit at the end when we did get possession of the ball.

‘We were in good positions with the counterattacks. They are a great team, but the way we came across the goal is disappointing.

‘I think that’s what happens against good sides, they pressure you and force you to make mistakes. That does sustained pressure. ‘

Dier believes the pressure City put into the Tottenham defense was the reason for the winner

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