Eric Dier has insisted that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has played a vital role in changing the perception of the club’s mentality.
Spurs have a reputation among fans of living up to a ‘Spursy’ tag aimed at the club in recent seasons. The term relates to the club’s inability to get seemingly comfortable results over the line.
Indeed, one such result this season displayed that mentality. After storming into a 3-0 lead against West Ham, Mourinho’s men only earned a point after a stunning Hammers comeback.
But Spurs have faced more longer-term criticism, including their near miss on the Premier League title in 2015/16. Tottenham looked firm title challengers but ended up finishing third behind Arsenal.
However, Dier has offered a strong denial of the tag, insisting that Mourinho is helping wipe away that reputation.
“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,” the 26-year-old said (via the Daily Mirror).
“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 have started the current campaign in fantastic fashion. After an opening-day defeat to Everton, they remain unbeaten and sit joint-top of the Premier League.
What’s more, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have proved the key suppliers of that form, with goals and assists.
Mourinho admits Alderweireld concern
Spurs’ good form continued on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Manchester City in north London.
But a nasty injury to defender Toby Alderweireld overshadowed the victory.
Indeed, Mourinho admitted the issue, which will force his side into a reshuffle, was “bad”.