'This is a big test' - £4m Spurs star looking forward to City match

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier says that he is looking forward to taking on Manchester City on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier says that he is looking forward to facing Manchester City on Saturday. 

Spurs travel to the Etihad Stadium as major underdogs, but Dier says that there would be no point playing the match if the players didn't believe they could get a result.

Despite this confident stance, he is still expect a tough test and the 20-year-old says that City have proven their quality through the success they have achieved in past years. 

“They are a great side, I’ve watched them over the years and they’ve won a couple of Premier League titles, so they’ve proved themselves and we know this is a big test,” he said to the club's official site. 

“These are the games everyone wants to be a part of and why you play football, to play in matches like this, against the biggest sides and the best players. You want to test yourself.

“There is no point going unless you believe you can do something so after the win against Southampton we want to keep that momentum and try to get a positive result up there.”

Spurs' form so far this campaign has been rather indifferent, but they have improved in recent weeks before the international break.

A draw against Arsenal and a win against Southampton should have picked spirits up after a rather poor run of results and they will be looking to build on this momentum.

City have already lost to Stoke City in-front of their own fans this season, so Mauricio Pochettino's team will know that it is not an impossibility for them to get a result. 

They will have to be at the top of their game if they are to do so, though, and Dier is likely to play a key role.

Pochettino favours playing on the counter and it is a style which demands a solid base at the back to build from, meaning Dier and his fellow defenders are going to be crucial to any shock point the Lilywhites can pick up. 

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