Spurs would then cut the Blues’ lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points before the leaders play the next day, midfielder Eric Dier has said.
Tottenham, who trail by seven points and are on a six-game winning streak in the league, can reduce the deficit ahead of
“It is always nice to play first... Hopefully we can narrow the gap to four points and then hope for them to slip up,” Dier told NBC Sports.
Antonio Conte’s side ended 2016 on a league record equalling 13-game winning run stretching back to the start of October, but were beaten 2-0 at Spurs in their first game of the new year.
Dier praised Tottenham’s consistency, but admitted that
“It isn’t a case of ‘we’ve lost it’ but it’s a case of
“As a season, we’ve been consistent and going into the last period now, we’ve been impressive and want to try and keep that up.”