English Premiership

Dier: Versatility the key to success

2017-04-20 21:07
Eric Dier (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Eric Dier says Tottenham's versatility makes them a difficult team to beat, ahead of facing Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final clash at Wembley on Saturday.

The England international acknowledges that you need the right type of players to be able to adapt your style to certain situations, with Dier himself having enjoyed improving as a footballer as a result of his adaptability.

The former Sporting Lisbon youngster has played in central defence as well as in central midfield for Spurs, and has excelled in both positions.

Speaking ahead of facing the Blues this weekend, Dier said: "Every game is different. It depends on the opposition and how we want to play and what the manager wants.

“I think we are a very versatile team, not one-dimensional and we can adapt to all sorts of scenarios, but still stick to our philosophy. It’s important to be able to be flexible and we’ve got the players to do that.”

And looking at himself, Dier explained: "Obviously depending on where I’m playing I have to adapt to that position, but I feel I can do that quite easily now because I’ve been playing in there regularly.

“I find it easy to adapt and I enjoy it - I think it makes me a much better footballer, being able to play in all these positions and adapt to them."

And on the overall strength of the side, the 23-year-old concluded: "We’ve got a fantastic squad and everyone plays their part. People don’t see what happens behind the scenes but everyone works extremely hard every day, playing or not playing, which is really important.

“Everyone is pushing each other and to get to where we want to get, we have to be a squad and everyone has to fight and push each other to improve. Wherever I’m playing, I just want to be the best in that position.”

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