Tottenham's Eric Dier says they must bounce back after cup disappointment
By Jonathan Nagioff
Last Updated: 26/04/18 5:06pm
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier says the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United was a bitter pill to swallow, but the club must now focus on securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The 2-1 loss to United at Wembley last Saturday means it is now 10 years since Spurs last won a trophy, their 2008 League Cup win over Chelsea.
However, Dier insists the club must recover quickly from that defeat and switch their attentions back to league football.
Dier told Spurs' official website: "We've set ourselves high standards and everyone involved, from the staff, the players and of course the fans are all disappointed.
"We've got to this point of the season with four games left and the last chance we had to win a trophy has gone, that's difficult to take.
"We all want to win trophies and to have not won one after these four seasons together is really disappointing.
"That's football and now we have to finish the season strongly and look to the future."
Spurs are fourth in the Premier League table, five points ahead of Chelsea in the hunt for Champions League football next season.
And the England midfielder believes the club, who have lost just once in their last 17 Premier League matches, have earned the right to be back in Europe's top club competition.
"For the club to get Champions League football again is so important and that's what we're aiming to do by the end of the season," he added.
"We deserve it and we need to show that in the next four games to earn the right to play in the Champions League next season.
"That's the standard and the level the club is at now and where we deserve to be."
Tottenham face Watford at Wembley on Monday, live on Sky Sports Premier League (8pm kick-off).