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Eric Dier - Tottenham have shown they can cope without Harry Kane

Tottenham's 3-0 win against Fiorentina on Thursday proves they can cope without talismanic striker Harry Kane, according to Eric Dier.

England centre-forward Kane missed the Europa League round-of-32 second leg at White Hart Lane with a broken nose -- the first time he has been omitted from a Spurs squad since Dec. 2014.

Goals from Ryan Mason, Erik Lamela and a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal secured Spurs' passage to the last-16 with a 4-1 aggregate victory, with Nacer Chadli leading the line -- just as he did in last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg in Florence.

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Kane is Tottenham's only "proper striker" and the head-coach says the 22-year-old will be assessed ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea at the Lane.

Harry Kane has been an ever-present for Tottenham in the Premier League this season.

Dier, however, is confident Spurs can cope, even if their top scorer remains sidelined.

"We've got a lot of players that can score goals -- midfielders, defenders and we're strong from set pieces as well," Dier said. "We've got midfielders who can score -- Nacer [Chadli], Christian [Eriksen], Dele [Alli], Sonny [Heung-min Son], Erik Lamela.

"I think there's goals everywhere, it's just a question of taking their chances when they get them and they've done that today."

Tottenham lost to Fiorentina at the same stage of last season's Europa League, but the ease of their victory on Thursday was further evidence of how far Pochettino's side have progressed this season.

Fiorentina are third in Serie A and are eyeing Champions League qualification, but Dier says Spurs now have the mentality of a "big team" and believes the victory was particularly important following Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.

"They're a very good side, but we're second in the Premier League so, with them being third, I think if we're not above them then we're at the same level. We weren't looking at them as being a bigger team than us or anything, we look at them as equals. They gave us a very tough match, but we've done well.

"Maybe the result doesn't really show the effort we had to put in against them. At the moment we feel we can beat anyone. We play without fear and we go for it and we've proved that again.

"The only way is to get a win straight away," Dier added. "That's a big team's mentality -- when you lose a game you bounce back immediately and we've managed to do that, which is a good sign.

"I think this was probably the first big game where we're heading into the end of the season -- this was the first one and we've done well so hopefully we can continue this way."

Swansea's visit on Sunday is the first of three league games in six days for Spurs, with a trip to West Ham coming up in midweek before a North London derby against Arsenal -- a game that could go a long way to deciding the winner of the Premier League title.

Second-place Spurs are currently level on points with Arsenal and two shy of league leaders Leicester, and Pochettino believes the next week will prove pivotal in the title race.

Dier is also aware of its importance, but says the Spurs' squad is used to the big games coming thick and fast, adding: "It's massive. Every game's huge now until the end of the season, so we've got to be ready for it.

"We've had a lot of weeks like that so we're used to it. It's always nice to get a good win going into those three games. Winning's obviously better than losing in any situation, so it puts us in a nice position going into the league now.

"It's the Premier League -- what are there, 12 games left? There's going to be lots of twists and turns. I don't think next week is going to determine anything. We'll take it one game at a time. We're just looking at Sunday and we'll move on from there."

England international Eric Dier has been a revelation in his new central defensive midfield role.

When asked if the squad has the legs to cope with the run-in, Dier replied: "Yeah. We haven't even thought about it to be honest, no-one's mentioned it really.

"I think with the FA Cup and the Europa League we've managed to rotate a bit, so everyone's had a rest and everyone's got minutes under their belts. I think as a squad we're in a very good position physically and mentally going into the final stage."

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him @Dan_KP or on Facebook.

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