As supposedly-momentous season's go, this one's really not started off all that well. I find the Lloris drink driving incident the hardest to swallow. I'm really worried it speaks to a wider attitude problem within the squad. Too many getting too big for their boots after the World Cup???
Dier will never get the praise he deserves. He's not there to spray the ball about, drive into the opposing box, hit free kicks or drop a shoulder and go on a dribble, and all to often that's how midfielders are judged.
We're a stronger team defensively when Dier plays. Our system doesn't work if he's not there to slot in at the back when Toby or Jan step into the space created when our fullbacks push forward. You need a defender's instincts and positional sense to do that.
Agreed. We looked very at odds.
Also, very noticeable how Dembele turned the tide when he came on. Amazing what happens when you have someone in midfield that doesn't give the ball way and retains possession (often on his own) relieves pressure off the back four.