ENGLAND – Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has revealed why he substituted Eric Dier before half-time, as they came from two goals down to beat Olympiacos 4-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday ni
Dier was replaced by Christian Eriksen after 29 minutes, shortly after Youssef El-Arabi and Ruben Semedo had stunned the home side in London.
The early change ultimately paid off, as Spurs fought back to pick up the three points and qualify for the round of 16.
“The first thing I did in the dressing room is, apologise to Eric Dier. It is never easy for a player but not for the coaching staff either.
“It was for the team and we needed a different solution. We were losing 2-0, they were closing really well and I needed a second man with Dele Alli to come into the pockets. It was between Dier and Harry Winks but a hard decision.
“They understand, Eric understands but the reality is it is never an easy decision and to make it clear, it was about the team, not individuals. I thought about taking out one of the centre-backs and putting Eric in defence,” Mourinho told BT Sport.