Champions League: Mourinho gives reasons for substituting Dier during match against Olympiacos
Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed why he substituted Eric Dier in their UEFA Champions League encounter against Olympiakos.
Tottenham came from two goals down to beat Olympiakos 4-2 in London.
Eric Dier was substituted with Christian Eriksen, a change with produced result as Tottenham were able to secure three points to qualify for the round of 16.
“The first thing I did in the dressing room is, apologise to Eric Dier. It is never easy for a player but not for the coaching staff either.
“It was for the team and we needed a different solution. We were losing 2-0, they were closing really well and I needed a second man with Dele Alli to come into the pockets. It was between Dier and Harry Winks but a hard decision.
“They understand, Eric understands but the reality is it is never an easy decision and to make it clear, it was about the team, not individuals. I thought about taking out one of the centre-backs and putting Eric in defence,” Mourinho told BT Sport.