Jose Mourinho praised Tottenham’s fighting spirit and “not human” Eric Dier before pleading with international bosses to protect his stars after their fight for the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.
Spurs dug deep to strike back with a goal down and defeat Chelsea on penalties with Mason Mount missing the decisive kick at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs’ gigantic effort was summed up by Dier who rocked an injury blow in the first half and continued after an emergency toilet break in the second half before scoring the first of their five successful kicks.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side overtook Chelsea to reach Carabao Cup quarter-finals
Dier will now be rested for Spurs’ Europa League qualifier against Maccabi Haifa, with Mourinho fearing he will ‘kill’ the England defender if he selects him again.
Tuesday night’s clash was Spurs’ second game of a four-game streak in eight days and Mourinho said: “I love the spirit. The players manage to find the condition, the spirit and that performance and the result of how we fought Chelsea with their best team, the best players.
Hopefully on Thursday we finish this incredible journey of the Europa League play-offs and see if we can survive until Sunday to play a team. [Manchester United] who is one of the favorites to win the Premier League.
I hope the national team coaches have their data and realize how many minutes the Tottenham players have played this week. Hope they care about them and protect them because Tottenham players this week have an incredible load of minutes and work and it’s very, very, very, very dangerous. What I did today with Eric Dier is very, very, very dangerous.
Dier rocked an injury shot in the first half before playing and scoring Spurs’ first penalty
Mourinho hurtled down the tunnel after Dier was forced off the pitch in the second half to use the bathroom.
“The problem is, it wasn’t a pee,” laughs Mourinho. “For him to leave the field, you can imagine what happened. I knew it and I was just pushing him to come back ASAP.
“It’s the consequence of something not human that he did to play two matches completely dehydrated, tired, without energy in the muscles, completely dead. Of course he doesn’t play Thursday because I would kill him for good.
Chelsea took the lead thanks to Timo Werner’s opening goal at Chelsea before Erik Lamela’s late equalizer led the game on penalties.
Shortly after Werner struck, Mourinho and Lampard were involved in an argument on the sideline.
Dier then had to take an emergency toilet break with Tottenham still losing 1-0 to Chelsea
Mourinho went after Dier after sprinting through the tunnel for his emergency toilet break
Mourinho, who managed Lampard at Chelsea, said: “With Frank, the most important thing is that my feelings for him are more important than any words we exchange. He gave me everything he had as a player, so I never forget him.
“My feelings will always be what I owe him as a player, a friend and a professional. The only thing I said was the opinion of an old coach to a talented young coach – when the players need us is when they lose. When they win, we don’t need to be the protagonist on the sideline. In the last game [against West Brom] when they were losing 3-0 i felt sorry for him because he was really sad and calm in his chair.
“It was just an opinion. Stay on the sideline when your team loses and keep up the clamor when your team wins.
Lampard said: “We had fun on the line. I get along well with Jose. I commented on the fact that he seemed to talk to the referee more than he spoke to his players. I have enormous respect for Jose no matter what we say on the sideline. I think he probably felt the meaning of the first half and how it was, but everything was going great by the end of the game. It will never change.
Mourinho and Frank Lampard were involved in a war of words during the opening period