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A bathroom break and a manager spat were part of Jose Mourinho’s eventful League Cup afternoon (video)

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

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The first nine penalties were all successfully converted before Chelsea’s Mason Mount missed the target to ensure Tottenham advanced 5-4 in the shootout after the game ended 1-1.

Tottenham, playing its second of three games in a four-day span, was completely overwhelmed by Chelsea in a first half when Timo Werner scored his first goal for the west London club.

Sergio Reguilón gave the ball away on his Tottenham debut at left back before Werner scored in the 19th minute. 

But the recruit from Real Madrid made amends in the second half when Jose Mourinho’s side was transformed, showing the threat missing before the break.

Reguilón chipped the ball over for Erik Lamela, who got ahead of Emerson Palmieri to net the equalizer in the 83rd minute past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who was making his debut in the Chelsea goal.

No extra time is played in the League Cup, so the game went straight to penalties and Tottenham scored all its spot kicks in a shootout without the usual pressure coming from the stands. Games are being played in empty stadiums still due to the pandemic.

“We fought until the end and got the draw to go ahead with the penalties,” Lamela said. “This team really wanted to win and now I want to enjoy it. We’re very happy to win the game, it means a lot and every day we need to play like this.

“The first half was difficult, they had a lot of possession and we tried to press but it was difficult. In the second half we pressed higher and started to play like we wanted.”

Tottenham, which was held to a draw

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs defeat Chelsea in EFL Carabao Cup, but not without an Eric Dier in-game bathroom break

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The EFL Cup showdown between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday produced everything you could imagine. From goals to a manager chasing a player into the locker room who went on a mid-game bathroom break. 

The Blues took the lead through Timo Werner, but a late goal from Tottenham’s Erik Lamela forced penalty kicks at 1-1, with Spurs advancing 5-4 from the spot after Mason Mount’s spot kick went wide of the goal to seal the match.

Mourinho, coaching against his former club, finally beat his former star player Frank Lampard after four meetings. But it wasn’t the penalty kicks, the goals, the London derby or even the solid debut of new Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy that highlighted the night.

During the match, Tottenham defender Eric Dier walked off the pitch to use the bathroom. Not able to hold it, he left his team with a player less in defense, and then Mourinho went looking for him. Take a look:

It’s going to be interesting to hear what exactly went on, why Dier couldn’t wait and more. Look — we’ve all been there. But props to Dier for coming back into the game and converting his penalty kick with class. Mourinho explained what happened after the match:

Dier spoke to the media after the match and said “nature was calling.”

For Chelsea, it’s a disappointing result but one that in the end will matter little to them with the club prioritizing the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup. But on a positive note, new signing Timo Werner finally found the back of the net for the first time in an official match as a member of Chelsea, beautifully taking his best chance of the game.

With the win, Tottenham advance to the quarterfinals of the competition. The