Eric Dier pinpoints positive from Tottenham’s stalemate at Burnley

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The Spurs centre-half was full of praise for the club’s back-up defensive options in keeping a clean sheet at Turf Moor.

Tottenham’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League took a real blow on Sunday as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were held 0-0 against Burnley at Turf Moor.

In a dull game, the North Londoners found it difficult to break down Sean Dyche’s men and put in one of their most underwhelming performances of the season.

With Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio both injured, Romanian back-up option Vlad Chiriches got a rare chance to feature in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, with Kyle Walker picking up an injury, Ben Davies was forced to play out of position at centre-back during the season half.

Eric Dier has stated that the performances of these two fringe men was one of the only positives of the game against Burnley, as well as the fact that the White Hart Lane outfit kept a clean sheet.

“It was tough,” Dier told the club’s official website.

“We knew Burnley would make it hard but we’re disappointed not to get three points. That would have put us in a great position so it’s disappointing, but we’re pleased to keep a clean sheet as we’ve not had one for a while.

“We made some changes at the back but in our squad, whoever comes in, you know you are in safe hands.

“Vlad came in at centre-back and did well, Ben played well – it’s not even his position but he performed brilliantly.

“We’ve got to keep going now up until the end of the season. It’s the final push, we’ve nothing to lose and we have to give it everything in every game.”

Spurs were given a small ray of light in their hopes for finishing in the top four by Manchester City dropping points against Crystal Palace last night.

Despite this, Pochettino’s men will surely need to win their remaining seven games and hope for a minor miracle to stand any chance of playing in European football’s elite competition next term.

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