By Dominic Toner
Eric Dier believes that Tottenham must win both of their remaining home games in the Champions League group stages.
Spurs are currently involved in a fascinating group alongside Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow, with the four teams separated by just three points.
The north London club are currently second-placed and still have two of their three games left to play at home against Leverkusen and CSKA, with Spurs using the national stadium Wembley this season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side host German outfit Leverkusen on Wednesday and will hope to better the 0-0 draw from the reverse fixture.
Spurs midfielder Dier believes that his side must win both of their home games if they are to progress in the competition to the knockout stages.
“Bayer Leverkusen is a massive game. We have two home matches left in the Champions League (Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow) and we have to win them both,” Dier said, as quoted by the club’s website.
Spurs have hit a dip in form recently and have now won in their last five game across all competitions.
They have yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season, but have suffered cup defeats to Liverpool and Monaco.
Dier, 22, has been a regular starter in the Spurs side in the past two seasons and is part of a young English core at the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
He has made 99 appearances since he moved to White Hart Lane in 2014 from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.
The central midfielder is now fighting to keep his starting spot, with tough competition from Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko and Mousa Dembele.
He has been used as a central defender in recent games following an injury to Toby Alderweireld and is expected to continue in that position against Leverkusen.
In other Tottenham news, Jamie Redknapp has delivered his verdict on Vincent Janssen’s start with the club.