Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dier: We're Not Afraid of City Anymore. despite Our Recent Thrashings

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dier: We're Not Afraid of City Anymore. despite Our Recent Thrashings

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent

TOTTENHAM have suffered some humiliating defeats against Manchester City in recent years but Eric Dier says they no longer fear the big clubs under Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs face City at White Hart Lane tomorrow looking to bounce back from their Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal in midweek.

They have consistently struggled against the top teams in the Premier League and that is something Pochettino is determined to change.

Tottenham took just eight points from 10 games against Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool last season.

But, despite that disappointing record, Dier says Pochettino has improved the mentality of the players since taking over and is confident they can get a result tomorrow.

"We have got over this thing about the bigger teams," he said.

"We go into these games with a different mentality now. If you look back from the beginning of last season to now, it is completely different. We fight them toe to toe."

Spurs have lost 6-0, 5-1 and 4-1 against big-spending City in the last two seasons but Dier insists those results will not play on their mind ahead of tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off.

Manuel Pellegrini's side saw their perfect start to the season ended by West Ham last weekend but they remain two points clear at the top and are firm favourites for the title.

Dier says Tottenham are relishing the challenge of facing a City side who had won their first five games without conceding a goal and got back to winning ways at Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

"I do not think we should look at the game with any fear," said Dier.

"We are a young team and we should look at it as a test to try and get something out of.

"We have been playing well, keeping clean sheets and going about our business quite quietly, which is good. Now we have a chance to test ourselves playing against a very good Manchester City side. …

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