Jose Mourinho has revealed he chased Eric Dier down the tunnel as he ‘had to put pressure’ on the defender, who ‘had to go’ for a toilet break in the middle of Spurs’ Carabao Cup win over Chelsea on penalties.
In the second half of the game with Spurs trailing 1-0, Dier sprinted off the pitch and down the tunnel as the ball went out of play.
An incensed Mourinho was seen chasing the defender into the dressing room, with the player emerging minutes later, followed by his manager.
Explaining the situation after the game, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘He had to go [when he ran off] – he had no chance.
‘Maybe it is a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated which is the case, I had to put pressure on him to get back but he is a great example for everybody.
‘If the authorities don’t care about players, I care.’
Dier followed up his manager’s comments, clarifying his rather urgent situation: ‘Yeah, he [Mourinho] wasnt happy but there was nothing i could do about it, nature was calling.
‘I heard there was a chance on the pitch but thankfully they didnt score and we ended up with the win.’
New signing Timo Werner opened his account for the Blues, putting his side 1-0 up with a right-footed drive into the corner.
Spurs came back into the game in the second half, putting the pressure on Frank Lampard’s side.
Their dominance paid off as Erik Lamela scored a late equaliser for the Lilywhites 83rd minute.
Mourinho’s side scored all five of their spot-kicks, but Mount hit the post when stepping up to take his, sending Spurs through to the next round.