🇵🇹 Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho clears up the situation with Spurs defender Eric Dier going off during the game:— Last Word On Spurs🎙 (@LastWordOnSpurs) September 29, 2020
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Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at the English football authorities over the congested fixtures.
The Portuguese tactician said the FA doesn’t care about players’ welfare, but he does. This is following Spurs clash against Chelsea in the fifth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday – 48 hours after playing a 1-1 draw against Newcastle. Spurs eventually won the tie on penalties and proceeded to the last eight.
Spurs will be playing in another 48 hours in the Europa League qualifiers against Maccabi Haifa before traveling to Old Trafford to play Manchester United at the weekend.
A mild drama ensued during the game as Mourinho stormed into the restroom to order Eric Dier out.
The defender had sought permission from the referee to use the restroom – to the surprise of the Portuguese manager while his team was losing 1-0 and Chelsea almost scored the second.
Mourinho promptly followed him to the restroom and ordered him out and Dier ran promptly unto the field and continued.
‘He had to go’
Explaining why he follwoed the defender to the restroom, Mourinho didn’t blame him for using the toilet as he was dehydrated.
“He had to go,” Mourinho laughed over the chase. “No other chance, he had to go. May it’s a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated. May be you have nothing in your muscles, which was the case.
“I was just trying to put some pressure on him to have him back for the remaining time. He was a great example for everybody, playing these two matches.
“Of course, if the football authorities don’t care about players, I care,” he added.
Mourinho speaks on having a back-up striker
Speaking on the possibility of having a back up striker, Mourinho lauded his lads for giving their all during the game, adding that it will be unfair to some of them to be thinking of another addition.
He however admitted that the team missed the presence of a striker before the introduction of Harry Kane 20 minutes to the end of the game.
“The reality was especially in the second half. We were so dominant that we missed a presence in the box. We missed that link. I couldn’t gamble. Saturday is more important than today.
“Today is the meaning of trying to progress in the competition. Now, we will play it again in December. Maybe we will have to play Leyton Orient on Saturday, and then we go to Old Trafford on Sunday.”