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‘Nature was calling’ says Tottenham’s Dier after bathroom break

LONDON (Reuters) – An urgent trip to the bathroom for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier led to the surreal sight of the defender running off the pitch during Tuesday’s League Cup match against Chelsea — with coach Jose Mourinho chasing down the tunnel after him.

Soccer Football – Carabao Cup Fourth Round – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 29, 2020 Chelsea’s Mason Mount in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier Pool via REUTERS/Matt Dunham

Spurs were trailing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go when 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 to his dugout and Dier swiftly made it back onto the pitch, helping Tottenham find an equaliser from Erik Lamela which made it 1-1 to force a penalty shootout.

Spurs went on to win 5-4 on penalties, with Dier scoring their first spot kick.

“Jose wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling,” explained Dier.

“I heard there was a chance (for Chelsea) while I was off the pitch but thankfully they didn’t score.”

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho defended his decision to race after Dier down the tunnel but praised the England international for his performance, which came two days after he played 90 minutes in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United.

“He had to go, he had no chance,” Mourinho said of Dier’s mad dash for the bathroom.

“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.”

The win gave Dier something to

Soccer-‘Nature was calling’ says Tottenham’s Dier after bathroom break

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – An urgent trip to the bathroom for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier led to the surreal sight of the defender running off the pitch during Tuesday’s League Cup match against Chelsea — with coach Jose Mourinho chasing down the tunnel after him.

Spurs were trailing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go when 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 to his dugout and Dier swiftly made it back onto the pitch, helping Tottenham find an equaliser from Erik Lamela which made it 1-1 to force a penalty shootout.

Spurs went on to win 5-4 on penalties, with Dier scoring their first spot kick.

“Jose wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling,” explained Dier.

“I heard there was a chance (for Chelsea) while I was off the pitch but thankfully they didn’t score.”

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho defended his decision to race after Dier down the tunnel but praised the England international for his performance, which came two days after he played 90 minutes in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United.

“He had to go, he had no chance,” Mourinho said of Dier’s mad dash for the bathroom.

“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.”

The win gave Dier something to celebrate after a hectic few days in which he made headlines after the ball hit his arm against Newcastle leading to the controversial penalty equaliser that denied Spurs all three points on Sunday. (Reporting

Tottenham’s Eric Dier left a match at a crucial moment to use the bathroom and Jose Mourinho had to go find him



a person standing in front of a building: Eric Dier rushes back to the field after a mid-match bathroom break. ESPN


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  • Tottenham defender Eric Dier ran off the field in the middle of a match for a bathroom break.
  • In his absence, Spurs nearly gave up a goal to Chelsea, prompting manager Jose Mourinho to hunt him down in the locker room.
  • Dier made up for his miscue later, drilling his shot in the decisive penalty shootout to help Tottenham through to the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.
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Eric Dier had a mid-match emergency on Tuesday.

In desperate need of a bathroom break, the Tottenham defender ran off the field around the 70th minute of their match against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. Already trailing 0-1 and playing a man down momentarily, Spurs nearly gave up a second goal while Dier was off the pitch.

 

Thankfully for Tottenham, Chelsea’s shot went high over the net, but manager Jose Mourinho wasn’t taking any chances, telling his team to slow things down and then marching back into the locker room to track down his missing defender.

On Twitter, fans had a field day with Dier’s trip to the loo.

 

Dier would get the chance to make up for his mistake later in the match. Tottenham drew level with a goal from Erik Lamela in the 83rd minute, and after full time, the match went to penalty kicks.

Dier stepped up to the spot for Tottenham first. He flushed it.

Tottenham would go