Eric Dier has claimed Tottenham should be a challenge for competitions above the level of the Europa Conference League and admits the players have let go of the club’s standards.
Tottenham became the first English club to qualify for UEFA’s first third division competition after finishing seventh in the Premier League last season.
It signals a huge disgrace for the North London side, which played a Champions League final just over two years ago.
Spurs center-back Dier has struggled for consistency on the Spurs side in recent campaigns, although he managed to find some comfort early in the season under Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Portuguese coach saw the pressure ease somewhat as the international break draws near after beating Aston Villa at the weekend, which ended a three-game losing streak in the Premier League.
Dier was honest in admitting that he and his Spurs team-mates had fallen short of the required standards, and added that the club should be in a much better place than they are now.
He said (via the Mirror): “We must be demanding for European football. There must be European football in this stadium.
“Without disrespecting the Conference League, we have to play on top of that. This is what we should be striving for.
“I think in football most managers, especially the best managers, look at themselves first. As players, we have to do it too. We had to look at each other first in the Arsenal game.
“That was one of our messages before the game against Villa, we have to show a reaction for ourselves, we have to prove to ourselves that we are much better than what we showed last week.
“It’s really important because it’s something that we all work together as a group. It’s everyone in the club. It’s not just the manager, it’s not just the players, it’s everyone together.
“We all have to work, we have to improve as a group, think about things that we can improve. Really try to push forward and get the club back to where it needs to be.
Spurs web opinion
Spurs have to go through the drudgery that is the Conference League, after a pretty miserable campaign last season.
The games seem to get in the way, but Spurs must view the competition as another opportunity to hunt for silverware, which has eluded the club for too long.
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