Eric Dier abandoned the game against Chelsea to make “number two”, returned and was still decisive in qualifying for the round of 16 of the League Cup
In the midst of a tough schedule, which made him play two high-intensity matches two days apart, and the next one is also in 48 hours, Tottenham had reason to celebrate this Tuesday (29). Playing without the maximum of their strength, the team coached by José Mourinho beat, on penalties, the rival Chelsea in a duel valid for the fourth round of the League Cup and reached the quarterfinals of the tournament.
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The penalty shootout, after a 1-1 draw in regular time, gave an extra dose of drama. There is no denying it. But if José Mourinho felt fear, anger or even panic in the encounter against his former team, it was a little earlier. And for a rare reason: Eric Dier, one of the three defenders scored by the Portuguese, left the game while the ball rolled and ran towards the locker rooms. Shortly afterwards, Chelsea, who won 1-0 – in a goal scored by Timo Werner -, almost made the second.
Surprised and disgusted, the commander sped off to bring the defender back to the pitch. What would have happened to Dier to “abandon the boat” so urgently? A call from nature, as the Englishman revealed after the final whistle. And soon after returning from the bathroom, a lighter Dier proved decisive: he intercepted a pass that would have resulted in a good chance for the opponents and, shortly afterwards, the debutant Reguillón served for the Spaniard to give the pass for the equalizer, scored already in the final stretch by Erik Lamela.
On penalties, Dier also converted his penalty and was able to celebrate the Spurs’ stay in the competition – something important for a club that dreams of any trophy that could end the twelve years since the last cup, precisely a League Cup won in 2008. After the The final whistle, the Englishman explained the whole situation involving going to the bathroom and what it was like to get scolded by Mourinho in such a private moment.
“He was not happy,” he said. “But, really, there was nothing I could do. Nature called. I knew that they (Chelsea) had a chance while I was away, but thankfully they didn’t score and that we ended up with the victory ”.
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“I am very happy, very proud of the way we played, despite the first 15 or 20 minutes, when we gave them a lot of time. After that I thought we were fantastic for the rest of the match. It was not easy to play on Sunday and then today. I think this was one of the reasons that led me to leave the pitch in the middle of the second half ”.
José Mourinho also celebrated the delivery and criticized the tight schedule of matches for his team, which in two days will host Maccabi Haifa in a game valid for the Europa League. In addition to praising the attitude of his team, the coach also assured that he will give Dier a rest.
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“I told the players that they only needed to think about this game, but I needed to think about all three games at the same time. And they only thought about this game, they were phenomenal ”, praised Special One before talking about Dier.
“What happened to Eric Dier was not normal, I need to pay a special compliment to him. But the football authorities, amid so many rules that are in force, should prohibit a player from being able to enter the field twice in 48 hours of matches with this degree of intensity, ”he said. “What Eric Dier did is not human, they have so many rules about everything, but Eric Dier did what he did”, finished Mourinho, who confirmed the absence of the defender for this Thursday’s (October 1) duel for the Europa League.
Better on the pitch? The toilet!
Intoxicated by the happiness of a penalty shootout, over a great rival, and the way it all happened, Dier did not control his good humor. In his social networks, the defender took the “best in the field” trophy, placed it on the toilet where he unloaded his needs and took a photo for his Instagram account.
“The real best in the field,” he wrote.