Eric Dier has spoken out about the night Tottenham collapsed at Chelsea and officially surrendered the Premier League title.
Dier was one of nine Spurs players to be shown a yellow card that night at Stamford Bridge – and Mousa Dembele was subsequently handed a six-match ban over an altercation during the contest with Diego Costa.
Dier, however, believes the game was important in their quest to lose their reputation of being a soft touch.
“I don’t think we lost our heads,” said Dier.
“It was a very emotional game for many reasons. We knew if we didn’t win we would lose the title. But I don’t think I lost my head.
“I think as a team we wanted to show a different side to our game.
“Things boiled over at times, but Tottenham are trying to get rid of a certain image at the moment and I think that helped.
“I think for a long time Tottenham have had a certain image which I don’t think this group of players and this manager (Mauricio Pochettino) enjoy, and we are trying to change that.
“It isn’t easy and is going to take time but that is our aim.”