Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino will be grateful for a break in the club’s fixture list.
Spurs don’t play again until the Europa League match against Fiorentina and it’s an opportunity for the manager to have a rest along with one or two of his players.
Perhaps the player most in need of a bit of a break is youngster Eric Dier, who has come into the starting line-up over the last two games.
Dier started the North London derby last weekend and the game against Liverpool earlier this week in place of Federico Fazio, who could well be back in action when the matches resume.
Tottenham have conceded four goals in their last two games, since Dier came back into the side.
He’s been under pressure and the rest could allow him to recharge his batteries, as he tries to become one of the club’s first choice centre backs.
Dier played well in the game against Arsenal last weekend, but struggled to cope with the pace and movement from Liverpool’s attack last Tuesday.
He looked flustered and now has a chance to study the way he played to ensure that he’s more prepared heading into huge games over the next few weeks.
The boss should have recognised the pressure Dier was under for the game against Liverpool and there’s now a chance for player and manager to work hard on improving various aspects of his game.
It will be interesting to see whether Pochettino opts for Dier or Fazio next week, with the youngster potentially retaining his place as the first leg of the tie against Fiorentina is at home.
Fazio arguably offers a greater physical presence in Tottenham’s back four, but if Dier works hard and is developed in the right way, there’s no reason he can’t grow into the role.