Eric Dier claims Tottenham have overcome their fear of big teams

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Tottenham consistently struggle against the big teams in the Premier League.

Spurs have always struggled to overcome the biggest teams in the Premier League, but Eric Dier has told the Standard that Mauricio Pochettino has changed this mentality since his arrival, with Spurs ready to go up against Manchester City this weekend.

Dier said: “We have got over this thing about the bigger teams. 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 picked up just eight points from 10 games against the rival top five teams last season, and it is this inability to hold their own against them that consistently prevents their chances of breaking into the top four.

Their 5-3 victory over Chelsea last season proved that Pochettino has built a squad capable of defeating the best sides in England, but until it can be done every time they play, the North London club will fail to truly compete.

It has always been evident that Spurs have lacked a certain mental strength when it came to playing the bigger teams, and City have especially held dominance over the Lilywhites in recent years.

Spurs have picked up just one victory over City since 2010, winning 3-1 at White Hart Lane in 2013. In that time there have been 10 games, and City have netted 28 goals.

Spurs will be hoping to end this incredible run of defeats this weekend, and with Dier claiming that Tottenham will not be going toe-to-toe with their Manchester-based opponents, it could be that the North London club finally get their revenge on City.

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