Tottenham Hotspur's England striker Harry Kane will miss the second leg of their Europa League first knockout round clash with Fiorentina on Thursday because of a broken nose.
Tottenham had suffered a home defeat in their previous outing, losing 1-0 to London rivals Crystal Palace and exiting the FA Cup on Sunday, so Dier was pleased with the response against Fiorentina. We knew that this was an important team with great quality, which can withstand high intensity throughout the game. It puts us in a nice position going into the league now.
Mauricio Pochettino's serial thrillers, who tackle Swansea on Sunday, have defied expectations to surge into the title race and reach the last 16 of the Europa League, where they will face a glamour showdown against Borussia Dortmund.
He said: "I think that the performance was fantastic, the job is done and now we are in the next round, as was our objective before the game". Furthermore, Tottenham have lost three and won only two of their last six home games.
Simon Brotherton: "I think it was reassuring for Tottenham's players and their supporters that they comfortably dispatched Fiorentina in Europe in midweek without the services of Harry Kane". They have also mustered 170 attempts on goal in the league this season - more than any other club.
Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and an own goal from Gonzalo Rodriguez sealed a 4-1 aggregate win over the Italian outfit, who sit third in Serie A and knocked Tottenham out at the same stage of the Europa League past year.
In the meantime, Badelj is keen to move to Tottenham after learning of the Premier League side's interest.
It's important to try and win the games ahead of us and to show that we are mature enough to try and compete for the competition.
I'm very pleased, we showed character and played very well against a team that play very well.
The match will take place at White Hart Lane. "It's obviously disappointing that we have players injured, but, hopefully, they can come back as soon as possible and, if I'm called upon, I will give my all".