The Independent London Newspaper
18th November 2017

OFF THE SHELF: Dier hails Poch tactical nous

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    • ERIC Dier has praised the bravery of manager Mauricio Pochettino for switching tactics against rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium at the weekend. 

    Pochettino set his side up with three at the back, giving centre-back Kevin Wimmer his first start the season, and asking full-backs Danny Rose and Kyle Walker to act as wing-backs. 

    The gamble paid off, with Spurs putting in a strong performance to take a well-earned point in a 1-1 draw. 

    Dier said: “The manager thought it was best to play this formation and it was a risk that shows our character and our attitude. We’re not afraid to try anything. We did and I think it paid off.” 

    Dier added Pochettino did not let the players know of the new system until the morning of the north London derby, although they had worked on different tactics during the week in training. 

    “The first we knew about it was Sunday. It was probably a good thing because we didn’t think too much about it and we just got on with it.” 

    And the England star, who has shown his tactical flexibility in a series of outstanding performances as a right- back, centre-back and defensive midfielder, added: “Sometimes it’s nice to freshen it up, do something different and try something new. 

    “We enjoyed it and it worked well.”

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