Jose Mourinho fears Eric Dier is suffering a ‘crisis of confidence’ after leaving Tottenham defender out of West Brom win after he gave away penalty in Chelsea defeat
- Eric Dier has played in 19 of Tottenham’s 22 Premier League games this season
- The English defender has missed recent games with Brighton and West Brom
- He was at fault in Liverpool defeat and gave away penalty in loss to Chelsea
Jose Mourinho fears that Eric Dier is suffering from a ‘crisis of confidence’ as he defended the Tottenham defender amid a recent drop in form.
The England international has twice been dropped in the last three games after making mistakes that led to goals, including giving away a penalty against Chelsea for a rash challenge on Timo Werner.
But as one of his key players, Mourinho expects him to come back strong.
Eric Dier was left out of the Tottenham squad that returned to winning ways against West Brom
Spurs defender conceded a penalty against Chelsea for a rash challenge on Timo Werner
‘I believe that players … they have moments,’ he said. ‘They can be very good, they can be strong personalities, they can be experienced, they can cope with a mistake but in the end players are players, they are men.
‘And they feel more than anyone else these little moments of confidence, of crisis. You can see that in the striker that doesn’t score goals, you can see that in the goalkeeper that makes mistakes and accumulates another one after.
‘You can see that in defenders, you can see that in the midfielder that instead of showing himself all the time, he is hiding behind some shadows on the pitch because he is not so confident to get the ball. But these are moments.
‘I have to admit that recently, our team makes little important mistakes that are punished in terms of our results. And Eric was there, he was one of them. They feel it.
Jose Mourinho fears the England international is suffering a ‘crisis of confidence’
But the Spurs boss has backed the defender to come back strong from his recent mistakes
‘And I believe confidence, that drops a little bit. But great personality, a team guy, as happy as we were when we won on Sunday.
‘A guy that loves it here, a guy that is loved by the team-mates, a guy that I trust, a guy that I consider one of the ones. And he will be back to normality and his normality of course is to play and be solid.’
Dier could be recalled by Mourinho with Spurs making the trip to Everton on Wednesday night for their FA Cup fifth-round clash.