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Victory is Eric's priority

Posted on 11 December 2014  - 11:35

Eric Dier says there’s no chance of the team settling for a draw at Besiktas, insisting we’ve travelled to Turkey to win.

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The way the Europa League Group C standings have panned out, we only need to avoid defeat against Slaven Bilic’s side this evening in order to be assured of first place in our pool.

A win for Besiktas would see them leapfrog us at the top of the table, though, and defender Eric is taking nothing for granted ahead of the match at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

“It’s dangerous to go out and play for a draw – you’ve always got to try to win,” said the 20-year-old. “Besiktas are a really hard team to play away to and when they came to White Hart Lane they showed they are a very good side.

“It’s going to be a really tough game, like all the matches are in the Europa League. There are no poor teams, it’s always tough, but we’ve just got to try to do our best.

“I haven’t been to this area before but a lot of the lads have told me the atmosphere can be very powerful, so we need to be prepared.”