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Eric Dier insists Spurs will prove Mourinho critics wrong

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Spurs have embarked on an eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League.
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Eric Dier says proving the critics of Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho wrong has given the squad extra motivation in their pursuit of silverware this season.

A 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday moved Spurs top of the Premier League and sent a statement to their title rivals.

It was the perfect way for Mourinho to celebrate a year in charge at the club and despite continued scepticism over his tactics at times, the Portuguese watched his side produce a trademark disciplined display and gain reward at the weekend.

"Three clean sheets in our last four and Toby's been a big part of that. I thought again he made some fantastic interceptions, tackles, blocks when he needed to.

"Obviously any player in this squad getting injured is a big loss for us and Toby's no different."

It could open the door for young Welshman Joe Rodon, who replaced Alderweireld late on against City.

When he signed for Spurs in October, it was after they had registered their Europa League squad and he will therefore miss Thursday's home tie with Ludogorets, but could be handed a full debut away to Chelsea on Sunday.

Joe Rodon could be drafted into the Tottenham defence (Michael Regan/PA)

Dier said: "He's very humble, very hard-working. From what I can see he has a fantastic mentality to want to work, to improve.

"From what I've seen around the training ground, all of those things have been fantastic and I know the Welsh boys Ben (Davies) and Gareth (Bale) speak very highly of him, so excited for him to be able to help the team."

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1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
9Chelsea1985633231029
10Southampton188552621529
11Arsenal198382319427
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Burnley185491022-1219
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester UnitedMan Utd19124336251140
2Manchester CityMan City18115231131838
3Leicester CityLeicester19122535211438
4Liverpool1997337221534
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1896333171633
6Everton1710252821732
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham199552722532
8Aston Villa1792631181329
9Chelsea1985633231029
10Southampton188552621529
11Arsenal198382319427
12Leeds UnitedLeeds187293034-423
13Crystal Palace196582233-1123
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves196492129-822
15Burnley185491022-1219
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle1954101832-1419
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton193882229-717
18Fulham1826101527-1212
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1925121543-2811
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd1912161032-225
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