By Dominic Toner
Eric Dier believes that Tottenham face a “massive game” against Leicester on Saturday.
Spurs host the Foxes in the Premier League, as the two sides that challenged for the title last season meet.
Leicester went on to lift their first Premier League trophy after a nervous title race with Spurs, who were pipped to second-place by north London rivals Arsenal on the final day.
Dier, 22, has hailed the significance of the last meeting and feels his team will be focused on revenge.
“We’ve now got a massive game against Leicester which will mean a lot to everyone for different reasons so everyone is now fully focused on that,” Dier told the club’s official website. “I feel like we were in a title race with them last season and they got the better of us in the game at home and that changed where the league went. It’s an important game for us.”
Spurs picked up a 1-1 away draw at the King Power Stadium in August last season, with Dele Alli and Riyad Mahrez the goal scorers.
Leicester inflicted real damage in the reverse fixture during January, with Robert Huth scoring a powerful header to snatch a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
Claudio Ranieri’s side went on to lift a famous title and have currently enjoyed a 100 per cent start to the Champions League, but their league form has dropped significantly from last season.
Spurs look once again to be in the running for the title this year alongside Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, with the top five separated by just a point.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are the only unbeaten team still in the division and will be confident going into their cash against Leicester.
Spurs were eliminated from the EFL Cup on Tuesday by Liverpool, with their inexperienced side suffering a 2-1 defeat.
Pochettino made 10 changes to his side as he gave the club’s youngsters and fringe players the chance to impress, with Dier the only man to retain his place.
In other Tottenham news, their 17-year-old has revealed what Pochettino said to him before his debut.