‘We all want to perform for him’ – Dier admits Spurs stars want to prove Mourinho’s critics wrong

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Dom Le Roy

As many in footballing circles will be aware, Jose Mourinho has more than his fair share of critics in the media.

From the day he arrived in North London, there have been pundits questioning if his man-management, his tactics and whether he is past his sell-by date as a manager.

What is clear now is that the Portuguese coach seems to have won the Tottenham fans over, with a recent poll in The Athletic revealing that an overwhelming majority of the North London faithful in approval of the job he is currently doing.

On the evidence of Tottenham’s strong start to the season, the Spurs players also seem to have bought into the 58-year-old’s ideas.

Eric Dier has admitted that there is a good feeling within the squad, with every single player focused on the task ahead.

The central defender told Football.London: “There’s a fantastic feeling within the squad.

“Everyone has put their individuality aside and is in this for something bigger than that, which is the collective of the team and the team winning games.

“There’s been a big shift in that sense in this squad. Whoever has to step in at any time, you saw that when Tanguy [Ndombele] goes off, Gio [Lo Celso] comes on and he makes an impact and scores the goal.”

The 26-year-old also insisted that the Tottenham players are determined to make the Spurs boss’ critics eat their words.

When asked about the claims of Mourinho being something of a “football dinosaur” whose brand of football is no longer effective, Dier responded: “Yeah, I think we were pretty effective today (against Manchester City). That [performance] says everything really.

“As players, we want to perform for him. He’s created a fantastic atmosphere, a fantastic camaraderie in the dressing room.

“We all want to perform for him, and to anyone saying those kind of things, as players we want to prove them wrong for him, and I think we did that today.”

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