Adversity prepares Eric Dier and Tottenham for Eindhoven test

• Spurs head to Eindhoven having lost their first two matches
• Dier: ‘We must win every Champions League game now’

Put yourself in Eric Dier’s shoes. The Tottenham midfielder reported for pre-season training on 6 August, after a three-week, post-World Cup holiday, and he was straight into the lineup for his club’s Premier League opener at Newcastle five days later. He has since sat out only two games for Spurs and England.

Like each of his teammates, Dier was looking forward to entering the rebuilt White Hart Lane but that has not happened because of the various delays and it will not happen until December, at the earliest. Spurs have continued at Wembley, in what has felt like a month-to-month limbo, with the added curveball of having to play a Carabao Cup tie in Milton Keynes. Not ideal.

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