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Tottenham defender Dier appreciates extra responsibility granted by Conte

Tottenham defender Eric Dier appreciates the extra responsibility given him by manager Antonio Conte.

On Saturday, Spurs blew the title race open, boosted their top-four chances and completed the double over Manchester City with their last-gasp 3-2 win, inspired by Harry Kane.

“Ever since I've arrived I've always tried to implement all the skills I have," Dier said. “I think [leadership] is definitely one of them. It's coming to the forefront a bit more now.

“I'm really enjoying working under the manager and the confidence he has given me, and I'm really enjoying the role [in the middle of the back three] and the way I'm playing in it.

“It's very important in that position to lead the defence as much as possible, lead the team as much as possible, be very vocal and organise well. I'm trying to do that to the best of my ability."

Dier added: “It was a really good win for us. They are a fantastic side, probably the best in the world. For us to go there and win after the results we've had is really big and hopefully it can push us on.

“But this win is important only if we take it in the right way. If we recognise that if we play with that intensity, with that commitment, that unity in every game, we can really push on from this. We have to take this win in the right way, not get carried away but recognise what we need to do as a team to get results and play well.

“We have to take it with humility and understand that as a team we can be very good."

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