Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Eric Dier can come out of their game against Manchester United without a booking, failing which will lead to a two game suspension for the England international for an accumulation of 10 cards over the course of the season. Dier has been an integral part of Tottenham's title challenging campaign and his unavailability for two games on the bounce can pose a major problem in their quest to chase down Leicester City.
The game is also integral for Manchester United, whose last loss at White Hart Lane was 15 years back. A win here will keep them in sniffing distance of a top four spot but any dropped points could allow the likes of Manchester City and West Ham to open up a gap and make it very difficult for Manchester United to get back into the Champions League next season.
On the other hand, this is a must-win game for Tottenham, who dropped two points against Liverpool last weekend and allowed Leicester to open up a seven point gap at the top. The Spurs also have to keep an eye out for Arsenal, who have slowly but surely been closing the gap on their arch rivals and a win against West Ham on Saturday (9 April) will close the gap down to a solitary point before the Spurs take the field on the next day. However, Pochettino is convinced that his side, including Dier, will put in a professional performance and do everything in their power to stay in the race.
"In football you can always get a yellow card, and it's something for him — and us — to think about. But you always need to play at 100% and give your best in the Premier League, and Eric is a very clever player," Pochettino said, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Our mentality is the same: our challenge is to compete to the end of the season and to have the possibility to fight for the title on the last day at Newcastle. Now the gap between us and Leicester is seven points and it will be difficult, but we have to believe," he added,