By Richard Parks
Eric Dier had a bust-up with Tottenham assistant manager Jesus Perez during the team’s 3-1 Premier League win at Chelsea on Sunday, according to a report.
Football London claim that the England international traded angry words with Perez in the first half of the match at Stamford Bridge, in which the home side had taken the lead after 30 minutes through Alvaro Morata.
It said that there was a “shouting match” between Dier and the Mauricio Pochettino’s number two shortly after two Christian Eriksen corners came to nothing.
Football London report that Perez stood from his touchline seat and “barked something” to Dier, who “fired back with plenty of animated hand gestures” before a lengthy verbal exchange between the pair ended in the player looking less than impressed.
Spurs came from a goal down to win 3-1 courtesy of an Eriksen wonderstrike and a second-half Dele Alli double to secure their first win at Chelsea in 28 years.
Football Insider verdict:
What is certain is that Pochettino has complete faith in Perez, his longstanding number two who he has hailed as a “genius”. The Spaniard is relatively low profile, but his coaching acumen and understanding of players is of huge value to the Argentine, who also had Perez at his side at Southampton and Espanyol. Dier is an intelligent footballer, one who can be relied upon to enforce the tactical instructions from the touchline. He might not have liked what Perez said in the heat of the moment at the Bridge, but it clearly had a positive effect as Spurs came from a goal down to clinch a famous win, in which the central midfielder played a crucial role.
In other Tottenham news, the club are working on a deal to sign a 29-year-old left footer who would be a sensational signing.