After Tottenham’s win against Burnley, the Tottenham defender waxed lyrical about his manager. It seems that he has a totally different outlook than Jose Mourinho.
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Tottenham’s defender Eric Dier made a dig at Jose Mourinho as Spurs beat Burnley on Sunday to boost their top-four hopes.
Harry Kane’s late penalty in the first half against the Clarets gave the north London side three points, and they moved into the Champions League with only one remaining game.
It’s a remarkable turnaround for Spurs. The side was languishing in mid-table this season. Jose Mourinho’s time as manager was a period when the bond between players, and management seemed to have been irreparable. The Italian has not managed to achieve the same result.
After the whistle blew against the Clarets, Dier spoke out to praise Antonio Conte’s impact since November. “Coming off the Arsenal game in the past, if you look at the last Burnley game away from home, we beat Man City away a couple of days before and then we lose away to Burnley,”BT Sport was informed by him. “We’ve been making steps in the right direction and today was another one.
“That comes down to the manager’s influence over us, and us trying to follow his lead and do what he expects. It’s a good step in the right directions.
“We’ve been improving constantly under him and I think the results have come with that and there is still so much space for us to improve with him.”
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Whilst Dier was quick to praise the work that Conte has managed to do in north London having been named as Nuno Espirito Santo’s permanent replacement, there is doubt over the Italian’s long-term future with the club. He signed a contract for the summer of 2023, but reports suggest that he could leave soon.
French giants Paris Saint-Germain were linked to a move. Ex-Spurs player Mauricio pochettino, despite being the Ligue 1 champion, is struggling at Parc des Princes. Dier suggested that the relationship between the players, the coach and current player is unique and has expressed his views on a longer stay for Conte in London.
The defender stated: “That’s above my pay grade. I could speak for the group of players, I think the manager would agree as well. I feel like the relationship between this group and the manager is something special and I really want to continue to build that relationship.
“As I said there’s so much room for improvement for the group of players with this manager. It would be a real shame for it to end now.”
Conte will hope to win Spurs a spot in the Champions League. They now have a two-point advantage over Arsenal north London rivals. They must win against Norwich City on Sunday, while hoping that the Gunners drop some points against Newcastle United on Monday and Everton on Tuesday.