Tottenham's Eric Dier explains benefit of side's participation in Audi Cup

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Tottenham are lining up against Real Madrid in the Audi Cup in Munich this evening.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier has said to the club website that his side's participation in the Audi Cup in Munich is a 'win-win' situation as they conclude their preparations ahead of the new Premier League season. 

Spurs will come up against Real Madrid this evening, and will face one of AC Milan or Bayern Munich before their Premier League opener against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime. 

Dier has explained that the quality of opposition is ideal preparation for a difficult opening game, telling the official Tottenham website: “Ahead of playing United away in the opening game of the season there’s nothing better than playing against teams like Real Madrid and then Bayern Munich or AC Milan.

“You couldn’t have asked for tougher games really and that’s exactly what we want at this stage.

“As players and as a team we want to test ourselves against the best so it’s win-win for us. We’ll do our best in these games and see what happens.”

Some eyebrows have been raised at Spurs taking part in a tournament so close to the season opener, with the bulk of the Premier League sides having already concluded their preparations for the start of the new season, and will begin getting to work on preparing for their opponents on the opening day, rather than just their fitness levels. 

One can understand what Dier is saying about the standard of opposition, but these still aren't competitive games, and if a couple of key players were to pick up injuries the decision to play in this particular tournament could look pretty foolish. 

If they came away with a win from Old Trafford, however, no-one would bat an eyelid. But this particular decision is a curious one, nonetheless. 

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