Tottenham Hotspur went on an incredible journey last season in the Champions League, the knockout journey starting with being drawn against the Bundesliga leaders.
That is the case again this year, as Spurs swapped Borussia Dortmund for RB Leipzig, the current leaders of the German first division.
Spurs will know the strength it takes to reach the top of that league, as they were battered 7-2 by Bayern Munich who find themselves well short of first place.
Eric Dier was not exactly a Spurs starting XI regular towards the end under Mauricio Pochettino, but he was at least a part of the squad that did so well last year.
Spurs managed to defeat Dortmund, Man City, and Ajax to book a place against Liverpool in the Champions League Final, unfortunately losing in Madrid.
However, Dier says that his team have been breaking down barriers every single year, and he wants them to do the same.
He also said he was aware of some people believing that had been given a favourable draw against Leipzig, but he claims there is no such thing.
Dier said (Tottenham): “I’ve followed their progress quite a lot. They are a very exciting team, a very young team and an interesting club in the way they do their business. They are an exciting, young team with a lot of quality, and you have to have that to be top of the Bundesliga.
“I’m sure some people will think we’ve got a favourable draw but there is no such thing in the Champions League. We will be well aware of the dangers they possess.
“This is what the Champions League is all about, playing different teams, playing in different environments and challenging the best teams in Europe, and they are definitely one of those teams.
“When something is new it’s always exciting and to have a new opponent that we haven’t faced before is exactly that. A lot of it comes down to the unknown, which is exciting for us as players, for the Club and I’m sure for the fans as well.
“To experience what we went through last season and to know what it takes to get to where we did, and to know what we missed out on in the final, all of those experiences, good and bad, will be helpful.
“One thing is, constantly, every season, we’ve improved in an area in some way. Last season it was our Champions League form. The season before it was the Premier League and Champions League. Every year I feel like we’re breaking down barriers and this year I hope we do the same.
“We have the chance to do that in the Champions League, the FA Cup and in the Premier League, where we have a great challenge to get into the top four and we’re embracing that.”
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