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Eric Dier explains what Jose Mourinho has brought to Tottenham

Eric Dier insists Jose Mourinho has helped Tottenham shake off their “Spursy” tag.

Tottenham fans have long been taunted with the nickname because of their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and blow big chances of winning silverware.

Spurs defender Dier maintains it was a thing of the past even before Mourinho arrived but now the Special One can help them win their first trophy in 13 years after turning them into genuine title contenders.

Dier said: “That’s something that’s quite frustrating to be honest because I think, as I said before, there were seasons where we finished second in the league and people called it Spursy.

“We finished second. We just didn’t manage to win it and people were calling that Spursy. I don’t believe this team has had that tag for a long time.

“I don’t think teams enjoy playing us. I think we’re physical, I think we’re aggressive, I think we’re determined, we’ve got a good attitude and the manager has definitely brought an extra edge to that.

“He’s more demanding in certain areas and ruthless with you individually and as a team so he’s definitely increased that a bit as well.”

Tottenham boss Mourinho arrived a year ago charged with turning the team into winners after several near misses under former boss Mauricio Pochettino as they finished second in the Premier League in 2017, lost semi finals and the 2019 Champions League final.

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But Mourinho insisted the squad must stop being so nice and get nasty to win silverware and Dier insisted after the Manchester City victory which took them top on Saturday night that they now have that edge.

Dier added: “For me, I think we’ve always had that. From the time I’ve been at Tottenham, I feel like we’ve always performed in these big games. Maybe we’ve not always got the results, but we’ve always performed.

“For me, it’s more about and applies more to the games like West Brom away when we’ve had to suffer a bit there and managed to win 1-0.

“It’s in those kind of games when it’s really important to be a big nasty, to be a bit ruthless in those difficult games away from home against difficult sides. I think those are the games we’ve suffered more in.

“Let’s see what happens because we’re going to try and stay there. We’d be stupid not to and, as I said, we’re going to be trying to win every game.

“The mentality is game by game and every game we go into, we’re trying to win it, no matter the game, tournament, the opposition, it doesn’t matter, We’re trying to win every game.”

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