Eric Dier says Tottenham’s gamers have welcomed the powerful coaching periods Antonio Conte has dropped at the membership, however believes the pinnacle coach’s reportedly demanding persona has been overhyped.
Conte arrived at Tottenham final month and shortly made headlines when he banned numerous meals, together with ketchup and butter, from the gamers’ diets in a bid to enhance their health.
However Dier says his time working beneath former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino ready him for Conte’s intense coaching periods, including the pinnacle coach and his employees have even proven the lighter sides to their personalities throughout their first month in north London.
“There’s been powerful coaching periods, which is an effective factor,” Dier instructed Sky Sports activities Information in an unique interview. “The boys have actually loved the time we have had and the powerful periods.
“A whole lot of us have been right here beneath Pochettino so we have been ready in a roundabout way. It has been actually gratifying to work in that manner and to essentially push ourselves.
“We have to enhance shortly, so it has been actually good up to now.
“There is a little bit of an overreaction. The supervisor has an unbelievable ardour and depth in the direction of soccer, however off the pitch he is very private.
“There’s fairly a relaxed surroundings, quite a lot of enjoyable – he and his employees take pleasure in a joke.
“They did the singing initiation, which was actually good. It was all Italian classics, however they sang with the identical ardour they’ve for soccer.
“So it isn’t all severe, however when it is the time to work, it is the time to work.”
Conte arrived at Tottenham as a alternative for Nuno Espirito Santo, whose disappointing four-month reign got here to an finish after the depressing 3-0 house defeat to Manchester United on the finish of October.
However Nuno was in a position to win 9 of his 17 matches in cost – together with a 1-0 victory over champions Manchester Metropolis on the opening weekend of the season – and Dier says the main focus beneath Conte is on guaranteeing Spurs’ undoubted high quality is on present extra continuously.
“Consistency is one thing that we actually want to enhance on,” Dier stated. “At occasions we could be actually good, however we’re missing that consistency to do it again and again, sport after sport.
“Mentally we must be higher. We must be extra constant in all the pieces we do. In each manner we have to enhance and I feel there’s an enormous house for us to enhance.
“That is one thing that we’re actually centered on and it is one thing the supervisor has spoken to us about. Hopefully we will do this over Christmas when there’s so many video games.”
Dier has began all however one of many 5 video games Spurs have performed beneath Conte up to now, and admits he hopes to make the most of the pinnacle coach’s status for bettering gamers – in addition to profitable trophies – throughout their time collectively.
Conte helped to show Victor Moses – who had spent his earlier three seasons as a Chelsea participant out on mortgage – right into a key member of the Blues’ title-winning facet in 2016/17, and received Serie A final season with an Inter Milan workforce together with Matteo Darmian and Alexis Sanchez, who had didn’t impress at Manchester United.
Dier stated: “As a participant you wish to consistently enhance and I feel that is one thing that traditionally he has at all times carried out. He is spoken to us about his ambition in that sense as nicely.
“We have to provide ourselves to him and put our belief in him, and he’ll do all the pieces for us. It is about constructing that relationship, constructing that belief and displaying our dedication.
“He has a implausible historical past of not solely profitable however bettering each workforce he works with, in order that’s one thing that is extraordinarily thrilling.”
Whereas Dier is specializing in enhancements at membership degree beneath Conte, the 27-year-old can be hoping to see the advantages on the worldwide scene.
Dier has not performed for England since being dropped in November 2020 however when requested if he hoped for a recall forward of subsequent yr’s World Cup, he stated: “That is the ambition – that may at all times be the ambition for me.
“However there’s quite a lot of soccer to be performed earlier than then, so I am simply centered on attempting to play nicely for Tottenham and put Tottenham in a significantly better place that it’s proper now.”
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