Eric Dier claims that Tottenham now have further success in their grasp after triumphantly confirming Champions League football for next season.
Spurs have yet again pipped their north London rivals Arsenal to the final Champions League spot in the Premier League table. The top four seemed all but sealed until Tottenham emphatically overcame their rivals in a 3-0 derby win.
And after Spurs’ 1-0 win over Burnley coupled with Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle gave Tottenham a simple task to confirm their top-four place. And they thrashed Norwich 5-1 away to confirm their place back in the Champions League.
Tottenham had a rocky start to the campaign, so much so that Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked in January after failing to live up to pre-season expectations.
The acquisition of Antonio Conte, however, had turned their fortunes around and Spurs will now play Champions League football next season.
Dier has had his say on the club’s future and what director of football Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy need to do in the upcoming transfer window for the club to become even more competitive.
“I think the club needs to take advantage of this moment, take advantage of this team and this manager,” Dier told Football London.
“It’s in the club’s hands now. We’ve done our job and now it’s the club’s job this summer to do the best work they can.
“I’m sure they’ll try to do the best they can to put us in a position next season for us and the manager to continue to push on and get better and better.
“It’s not just investment. The club has a lot of room for improvement in many different areas. Everyone always points to investment but that’s just one part of it.”
Investment has, however, also been key in Spurs’ success. The transfers of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have drastically improved Conte’s team and provided the club with a breath of fresh air.
Dier on what the future holds for Spurs
Tottenham are back in the Champions League after missing out last season, with the club only managing Europa Conference League qualification.
The 2018/19 season was Tottenham’s most obvious recent high point, after they lost the Champions League final 2-0 to Liverpool.
Their most recent European campaign came to a swift end as the team had to forfeit their match against Rennes due to COVID-19 cases among the camp.
Dier has portrayed how much it means for Tottenham to be in the Champions League again and attributed Conte as one of the main reasons for the club’s success.
He added: “It’s fantastic for us. We’re so happy to be back in the Champions League, it’s where we want to be as players and a club when the manager arrived it wasn’t really on our radar so to get it at the end is fantastic.
“He’s [Conte] obviously been a huge part of it, everything points to that. It’s a bit awkward because he’s standing right next to me. but yeah, he knows what we think of him and how much we enjoy working with him, and we want that to continue next season.”
Dier also spoke on the newfound maturity of the team and how that has also contributed to the club’s recent successes.
He further added: “Yeah, of course. I think the team is more mature, I feel we’re coming of age, a lot of us. We’re still young but with a lot of experience now all of us. I felt that experience in the last couple of games, the Arsenal game especially. And then to finish it off.”
This is now the sixth season in a row where Tottenham have finished above their rivals with Mikel Arteta’s team only getting Europa League football next year.