Eric Dier makes Leeds United 'ping pong' admission after Tottenham defeat at Elland Road

ERIC Dier said his Tottenham Hotspur side were sucked into Leeds United's game of 'ping pong' in Saturday's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Elland Road.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:11 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 4:14 pm

Sixth-placed Tottenham were chasing a third consecutive league victory in order to boost their hopes of sealing qualification for the Champions League but Leeds produced a stellar performance to move ninth.

Stuart Dallas fired Leeds into a 13th-minute lead from Jack Harrison's cross before Heung-Min Son levelled against the run of play 12 minutes later.

But the Whites went back ahead when Patrick Bamford finished off a lovely move from Gjanni Alioski's cutback three minutes before the break and Leeds bagged a third goal in the 84th minute when Rodrigo slammed home from Raphinha's cross.

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SETBACK: For Eric Dier, left, and his Tottenham Hotspur side in Saturday's 3-1 loss against Leeds United at Elland Road in which Rodrigo, centre, netted the final goal of the game. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

"I think in the first half they were the better side," said Dier to BT Sport.

"I think we got sucked in a bit too much into their game.

"They want to play a high tempo kind of ping pong where it goes backwards and forwards and spaces open up and physically they are fantastic in those moments and their transitions are so quick.

"We didn't handle that very well, we created some of our own problems ourselves with both of the first goals that we should never have let the ball or the player get to the positions it got to.

"And then it's very difficult from there."

Asked if he meant a failure to deal with crosses from out wide, Dier explained: "I think before that, winning second balls in front of us.

"They were quicker to everything, especially in the first half.

"I think in the second half we got back into the game but obviously we are chasing it and that creates a game that they like.

"We coped in the first half hour of that second half - we did well - and then in the last 15 minutes it really opened up.

"We are chasing it and it's difficult to control them in transition."

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