Mourinho’s Tottenham came from behind to register a 5-4 win in the penalties over Chelsea in the EFL Cup pre-quarterfinals. However, surprisingly, the win itself wasn’t the most talked about point of the match.
Tottenham Hotspurs were up against Frank Lampard’s new-look Chelsea and were trailing for the majority of the game thanks to Chelsea’s new recruit, Timo Werner’s 19th-minute strike. However, just when it seemed like Chelsea would sneak away with a win, came the Tottenham equalizer in the 83rd via Erik Lamela. After both, the teams failed to add to their tally the game was taken to the penalty shootout where Mourinho men prevailed.
However, amidst all this drama, a lighter and a somewhat awkward event was what caught everyone’s attention.
Nature’s call, Mourinho’s fury-
Spurs were trailing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go when Eric Dier raced off the pitch and darted towards the dressing room, quickly followed by a furious Mourinho whose side were briefly down to 10 men in their fourth-round home clash.
Mourinho soon returned back to his dugout and Dier swiftly made it back onto the pitch, helping Tottenham find an equalizer from Erik Lamela which made it 1-1 to force a penalty shootout.
Later it became clear that Dier had raced off to the toilet owing to what he called “Nature calling.”
“He wasn’t happy, but there was nothing I could do about it, really. Nature was calling,” Dier said about the reaction of his manager.
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“I heard there was a chance when I wasn’t on the pitch, but thankfully they didn’t score and we ended up with the win,” he added.
And while during the match the manager did seem a bit agitated with the whole episode, he did laud the Englishman for his superhuman efforts.
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“What happened to Eric Dier is not normal,” he told Sky Sports. “I have to praise him in a special way.
“The football authorities, with so many rules that are at this moment in place, should be forbidden to play in 48 hours two matches of this intensity. Newcastle was a Premier League match and this one, if you want to say, is at a Premier League level.”
🗣"It is not human to do what Eric Dier did!"
Jose Mourinho is still not happy with the scheduling for his Tottenham team & Eric Dier playing twice in 48 hours pic.twitter.com/MYuZcH9LmK
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 29, 2020
“He had to go. Maybe it’s a normal thing when you’re completely dehydrated and have nothing in your muscles, which was the case. I knew he had to go, I was just trying to put some pressure on him to have him back for the remaining time.” said the “Special One”.
Twitterati evidently had fun about the whole episode and social media was expectedly abuzz with memes and reactions on Eric Dier’s plight.
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— Parikiaki Newspaper (@Parikiaki) September 30, 2020
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