By Danny Wright
Tottenham enforcer Eric Dier has admitted that Manchester City have been “fantastic” in recent weeks but hasn’t ruled out his own side in the Premier League title race.
Spurs have come agonisingly close to winning the English top-flight in the last two seasons with them finishing third and second in the table.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have started off this campaign well and currently occupy third spot in the standings, level on points with second-placed Manchester United.
After losses in the last two weeks for both Spurs and United, the club’s title rivals Man City have been able to pull away at the top of the table and are now eight points clear of the chasing pack after 11 games played.
But that hasn’t stopped Dier from ruling out any unpredictable events before the season comes to a climax next May.
“I believe what we are doing is right that has been the case for a long time. Win lose or draw against Real Madrid, that would have been the same. Winning that game has obviously given us confidence as individuals and as a group,” he said, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“You’ve got to keep trying to improve and push the boundaries. That’s the same for club and country; you’ve got to keep trying to improve. That’s the key.
“The games we have had in the last month have been really good and the results have been very positive. Obviously, Manchester City have been fantastic recently but there is so much football to be played before the end. I’m sure there are going to be lots of twists and turns before the end.”
Dier has been a mainstay of the Spurs first-team in recent seasons, playing a large part in helping the North London club transform from perennial underachievers into genuine title contenders.
They pushed Chelsea close last term and the year before that they were the one team that could have challenged Leicester for the title before their late collapse.
Tottenham qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League with the win against Real Madrid and have a good chance of earning their first major silverware in a long time.
With the Premier League still far from conclusion and the clubs FA Cup campaign to kick off soon, there should surely be some kind of honour heading to Tottenham before too long.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have been handed a major injury boost despite a trio of players dropping out of the England squad.