Drama seems to follow José Mourinho wherever he goes, and there was certainly no shortage of it from Tottenham Hotspur’s well-traveled manager in Spurs’ League Cup win over London rival Chelsea on Tuesday.
Chelsea scored first, with high-priced forward Timo Werner notching his first goal for the Blues with a blistering strike into the bottom corner.
Not long after that, things began to get weird on the touchline. Mourinho apparently took issue with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, his former captain when he led the Blues to consecutive Premier League titles in the mid-2000s. Per reports on the ground, the older coach was upset that Lampard became more vocal after the visitors took the lead.
With Spurs still trailing with less than 15 minutes remaining in the second half, a truly comedic scene played out. As his team was desperately pressing forward in search of the equalizer, defender Eric Dier walked off the field to use the bathroom, leaving his team to play down a man.
Cameras caught a furious Mourinho chasing Dier down the tunnel:
Afterward, Dier himself joked about the moment on Instagram:
Shorthanded Spurs survived Dier’s toilet break to tie the game through Erik Lamela in the 83rd minute. After the final whistle sounded, the match went directly to penalties.
All five Spurs players converted their spot kicks past new Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy, who made his debut after arriving from French side Rennes. So when Harry Kane’s effort was successful, it meant that Mason Mount, Lampard’s final taker, had to beat Hugo Lloris to keep the shootout going.
Instead, Mount fired wide of the post, sending Tottenham to the quarterfinals of the League Cup, England’s third-most prestigious domestic competition after the Prem and FA Cup.
It was also the first time in four tries that Mourinho had beaten Lampard since both men joined their current teams last season. Lampard won’t have to wait long for another crack at his mentor, though, with Chelsea and Tottenham set to meet in the league in late November.
Gareth Bale didn’t play for Spurs because of injury; the Welsh winger has yet to debut for his former club following his arrival on loan from Real Madrid. Meantime, Chelsea was without Christian Pulisic, who is still working his way back from the torn hamstring he suffered in the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal on Aug. 1.
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