Eric Dier

By Amir Mir

Eric Dier has said the Premier League is Tottenham’s priority this season, while the Champions League is a “lovely distraction”.

Midfielder Dier was part of the Spurs team which earned Champions League football last season, finishing third in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have picked up two draws and one win so far this season, with the club gearing up for their Champions League opener against Monaco at Wembley on Wednesday.

Dier, 22, was speaking ahead of his side’s clash against Stoke on Saturday afternoon.

“We’re really looking forward to playing again in the Premier League after the international break and we need to kick on this season,” Dier told Sky Sports as quoted by the Evening Standard.

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“The aim is to make Champions League football a regular thing for Tottenham.

“The league is still a massive priority for us and this year we have the lovely distraction of the Champions League as well so it’s a really exciting season.”

England international Dier made 50 appearances in all competitions last season, plus four appearances for his country at Euro 2016.

Dier was transformed into a defensive-midfielder by Pochettino last term, a move which paid off as Spurs conceded the least amount of goals in the 2015/16 Premier League season (35).

In other Tottenham team news, Charlie Nicholas gives his verdict on Spurs’ clash against Stoke, questions the club’s summer signing.