By Amir Mir

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he did not want to risk Tottenham duo Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele after they were left out of the matchday squad to face Middlesbrough.

Pochettino stated that with “a lot games ahead” for the north London club the decision was made to omit Dier and Dembele for Spurs’ visit to the Riverside on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham travel to Russian outfit CSKA Moscow on Tuesday evening for the club’s second game of the Champions League group stages.

They then have a tough home fixture against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City five days later, with the Etihad club picking up five wins from their opening five games.

Pochettino told the club’s official Twitter account that due to the fixture congestion over the coming weeks, the decision was made to rest the senior duo.

Here is the club’s official Twitter account reporting Pochettino’s reason for omitting Dembele and Dier.

Star striker Harry Kane is already missing for the team, after the England international injured his ankle during his sides previous league win against Sunderland.

Pochettino’s men are third in the Premier League table with eleven points to their name from their opening five encounters.

In other Tottenham team news, supporters react on Twitter to senior Spurs trio missing for the clash against Middlesbrough at the Riverside.