Jose Mourinho hailed Eric Dier for an effort level that was "not human" against Chelsea, despite the defender having had to leave the pitch for an unscheduled comfort break.

Spurs triumphed 5-4 on penalties in the EFL Cup last 16, Mason Mount missing the crucial kick after Erik Lamela's equaliser had cancelled out Timo Werner's strike in normal time.

During the second half, Dier headed back to the dressing room to use the toilets and was pursued by Mourinho, the England international then seen running back to the pitch soon afterwards.

Mourinho put Dier's hasty disappearance down to dehydration, the 26-year-old having been the only outfield player to have kept his place in the starting line-up from the 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United two days ago.

Yet the Spurs boss had nothing but praise for the efforts of Dier, who also scored in the shoot-out.

"What happened to Eric Dier is not normal," he told Sky Sports. "I have to praise him in a special way.

"The football authorities, with so many rules that are at this moment in place, should be forbidden to play in 48 hours two matches of this intensity. Newcastle was a Premier League match and this one, if you want to say, is at a Premier League level.

"He had to go. Maybe it's a normal thing when you're completely dehydrated and have nothing in your muscles, which was the case. I knew he had to go, I was just trying to put some pressure on him to have him back for the remaining time.

"He was a great example for everybody in playing these two matches. Of course, if the football authorities don't care about players, I care. Of course, Eric Dier cannot play the match on Thursday [against Maccabi Haifa].

"What Eric Dier did is not human. There are so many rules about everything, but Eric did what he did. All the other players were phenomenal. [Japhet] Tanganga, not even a friendly, but all the boys were phenomenal."

Dier himself explained: "He wasn't happy, but there was nothing I could do about it really. Nature was calling.

"I heard there was a chance when I wasn't on the pitch, but thankfully they didn't score and we've ended up with the win.

"We've had a lot of games against Chelsea, a lot of tight games, they've always ended up falling their way, so for one to fall our way is a very nice feeling."

Before the game, Mourinho had effectively discounted challenging for the trophy due to the packed fixture schedule, with Spurs facing Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League play-offs on Thursday and Manchester United in the league next Sunday.

"I said before the game we would be ready to fight, and we were ready to fight. I told the players before the penalties that I did not care about what happened with the penalties, I care about what they did," he said.

"They were the best team, they were magnificent. Second half, a super team like Chelsea looked an ordinary team – they are not, they are a super team. We played so, so well.

"The team managed to wait for the right moments because I told the players they should only think about this game. I have to think about three games at the same time. They were phenomenal – all the credit to the boys, I cannot believe in 48 hours we are playing a European game. They were phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal.

"I just told them that we were going to wait for the moment to change the system which is not our system, a system we are not used to playing. We tried to organise the team with the players we had available."

Eric Dier has urged football's lawmakers to get a grip on the "massive problem" around the handball rule after falling victim to a harsh call in Tottenham's draw with Newcastle United.

The Spurs defender was penalised when Andy Carroll's header struck the back of his arm inside the box in the dying moments of Sunday's contest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Referee Peter Bankes' decision to give the spot-kick after checking the monitor allowed Callum Wilson to convert a last-gasp leveller from 12 yards, with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho storming off down the tunnel before the final whistle.

It followed a similar incident in Crystal Palace's loss to Everton that left Roy Hodgson bemused, suggesting the game was being ruined by such decisions.

Even Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admitted it was a somewhat farcical situation, and Dier wants something done about it.

"Everyone is on the same page, something has to change," he told the BBC's Football Focus.

"In my case, if you look at it as a whole, the foul leading up to the free-kick, the distance between me and Andy Carroll, the fact that I get pushed in my back which people are not really talking about.

"The push in my back is what makes my arm go up, that is a completely natural reaction and if someone does touch you like that, your normal reaction is to go like that.

"Even without the push, he is less than a metre behind me and I don't really know what more you can do.

"You cannot jump without your hands, you cannot defend without using your arms to balance and move so it is what it is."

Asked what he made of Bruce's comments, Dier added: "That pretty much sums it up. I don't really know what I can possibly add to it. In football, for everyone to have the same opinion is very rare. That seems to be the case [here].

"It is a massive problem, not just mine – there were many last weekend."

Jose Mourinho insisted there is "no story" over his decision to substitute Dele Alli at half-time during Tottenham's defeat to Everton.

Spurs started their Premier League campaign in disappointing fashion on Sunday, going down to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header in a 1-0 home defeat.

Alli, who saw an effort saved by England team-mate Jordan Pickford during the first half, only featured for the opening 45 minutes before being replaced by Moussa Sissoko.

However, Mourinho was adamant the decision was made with the team in mind and has no reflection on his relationship with Alli.

"The change at half-time was not the first time in my career, won't be the last time," Mourinho told a news conference on Wednesday.

"The last one was with Eric Dier against Olympiacos when I took him off after 25 or 30 minutes. When I do these kinds of things, I always do it for the team, not against the player.

"In some cases, the option was proven right, in some other cases proven wrong. In this case, it didn't work. The team in the second half was not better than the first half.

"That's my job to make decisions to try to make the best for the team when I am not happy with the performance. There is no story.

"Dele is a very polite guy. Very calm. I think he's a bit introspective, when you think a lot about things. So I think the way he reacted was [like] Dele.

"He was quiet, was sad but in the end after the game he was just one of many. But again, I repeat, he's a good boy. Very, very polite. Good boy, really good boy."

Dier was the subject of an early change in Mourinho's first home game in charge of Spurs against Olympiacos last year, and the 26-year-old dismissed the suggestion Alli would be negatively affected by the decision.

"He took me off after 30 minutes, even worse!" Dier told reporters. "I think Dele is fine. We're big boys.

"Football is not a nice world, it's all about results and performances. Dele is not the first to be taken off at half-time. That's a thing that can happen.

"If you want to be a big club or a big player, it's about the way you react and move forward. Knowing Dele and his mentality, he'll work even harder and try to push on."

Reports on Tuesday suggested Alli could be used as a potential makeweight in a deal to bring Gareth Bale back to Spurs from Real Madrid.

Negotiations between Tottenham and Madrid are ongoing, though Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett refused to confirm to Stats Perform News if a deal was close.

Eric Dier understands the buzz surrounding Gareth Bale's potential return to Tottenham but insists he is unaffected by any speculation.

Bale could be in line to return to Spurs seven years after leaving for Real Madrid, with Los Blancos reportedly keen to get the Wales star – who played just 20 times last season – off their books.

Jonathan Barnett, Bale's agent, confirmed to Stats Perform News on Wednesday that talks were ongoing over a deal, though would not say if an agreement was close.

However, Dier insisted he and the squad do not let transfer speculation impact their performances.

"I'm sure from the fans' point of view, when you're linked with a player of that level it's obviously exciting," Dier told a news conference ahead of Spurs' Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.

"For me personally, it doesn't really affect me in any way. It's not the first time and it won't be the last time.

"There's constantly speculation, lots of different talk. Every day people are trying to fill the newspapers and the websites, personally it doesn't really affect me in any way. I'm quite used to it."

Dier also added that there had not been any discussion about Bale between the squad members.

"No, nothing on the WhatsApp group. Obviously there's a lot of speculation and it's impossible not to see it but it's not for me to speculate," the England international, who does not believe Spurs' dressing room is in need of a lift despite a poor performance in their season-opening game against Everton, said.

"I don't know because he's still at Real Madrid, I really can't talk about a player from another team. It has really got nothing to do with me.

"The dressing room isn't in a bad place, we've had one game. Pre-season was in very difficult circumstances. The mood has been very positive within the group.

"I'm still really excited for the season, feel upbeat. We didn't start in the way we wanted to, but still feel we're in a very good place. It's all about taking every game as it comes and being fully focused on tomorrow. We need a good result."

Spurs have signed Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this transfer window and are also being linked with Bale's Madrid club-mate Sergio Reguilon, but Dier does not believe the squad is in desperate need of fresh faces.

"There is a lot of new blood in the dressing room. [Steven] Bergwijn, Gedson Fernandes – Pierre and Matt both just arrived," he said.

"I already feel it's a very different dressing room. I already feel there's a very different dynamic."

Eric Dier says Jose Mourinho was the biggest factor in his decision to sign a new deal at Tottenham and he is excited to prove himself as a centre-back under the Portuguese coach.

The England international agreed a four-year contract with Tottenham in July, ending speculation that he could leave the club after a six-year spell in north London.

Formerly a holding midfielder, he has featured prominently in the heart of defence since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November.

And the 26-year-old is grateful to have been given an opportunity to test himself in the position he believes gets the most out of his abilities.

"I had a health issue at the beginning of last season that I kept private and I had to have a little surgery, so I missed pre-season, so that obviously had a huge impact," he told GQ.

"I spoke to Pochettino then, as for many years we had spoken about me playing as a centre-back, and that was where I was going to gradually move to. 

"We had a really great conversation: I said, 'I think it’s my best position, I think I can develop into something very, very good there. But it has to be now, otherwise I think I have to find another solution.' 

"We talked for about two hours and he was really happy that I'd come to him and I had made that decision in my own mind. 

"And he said, 'okay, you've missed pre-season, so you'll have one now, don't worry if you’re not playing for a couple of months, we'll get you physically in the right place.' 

"So I was completely calm about the situation. And the last couple of games before he left, I played at centre-back.

"And so when the new manager came in I started that dialogue again with Mourinho and for me that was the biggest part of wanting to stay at Tottenham and sign the new deal - it was purely footballing. 

"I was really happy that Mourinho would give me the opportunity to play centre-back again and to prove myself there. I'm really excited."

Mourinho was appointed by chairman Daniel Levy with the intention of winning silverware and Dier, an EFL Cup and Champions League runner-up during his time at Spurs, is confident about his side's prospects this season.

"There's no doubt in my mind that with Mourinho, in every competition we play, he's gonna be playing to win it, you know? And that's all you can ask for really," he said. 

"We are extremely motivated to right a lot of wrongs from last season. We start with a clean slate with the manager, zero points and all the competitions and we start afresh. 

"So I think there's lots of things to be excited about. And a lot of work needs to go into now getting us in the right place to try and be competitive on every front.

Sporting CP academy product Dier was seen holding talks with Mourinho in Portuguese during an episode of Amazon Prime documentary 'All or Nothing'.

However, despite the documentary dominating conversation over the past couple of weeks, Dier insists he has no plans to tune in anytime soon.

"I haven't watched any of it," he said. "I actually spoke to [basketball player] Steve Kerr a couple of days ago about it, because obviously he was in The Last Dance [the Netflix documentary about the record-breaking Chicago Bulls season]. 

"I said to him: 'You know, looking back on an incredible season and winning and everything you did, that must be a lot more enjoyable than what it would be like for me!'

"I don't really enjoy watching myself back anyway. So I don't think I will watch it. But maybe, you know, in 20 years' time or something, it could be nice to look back on, even though it wasn't the season we wanted."

Dier played the full 90 minutes of Tottenham's 1-0 loss to Everton in their opening Premier League game of the season on Sunday.

Eric Dier has signed a new contract to keep him at Tottenham until 2024.

The versatile England international had less than a year remaining on his previous deal, but will be remaining at the Premier League club.

Dier joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon in 2014 and has made 239 appearances for the North London club, scoring 11 goals. 

Jose Mourinho's fear of getting "in trouble" put the Tottenham boss on the defensive regarding the subject of Eric Dier's four-game ban.

Spurs midfielder Dier was hit with the sanction, along with a £40,000 fine, by the Football Association on Wednesday after his altercation with a fan following the penalty shoot-out FA Cup defeat to Norwich City in March.

The England international climbed into the stands having been angered by the actions of a supporter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dier was handed a misconduct charge in April and, though he denied his actions had been threatening, an independent regulatory commission found otherwise.

Asked to give his response to the punishment and whether the club would appeal, a guarded Mourinho said: "If I answer, I'm going to be in trouble and I don't want to be.

"I don't think [there will be an appeal], honestly, because if you appeal you have other risks. At least let's start next season without a suspension.

"And we all know how it works, you have access if you want to the record of appeals, successful appeals and unsuccessful appeals. I don't think so, I don't think we're going to appeal."

The suspension means Dier will be absent for all but one of Spurs' remaining five games, with Mourinho revealing a certain ambivalence towards the 26-year-old.

"I think he had a strange last season. A very strange current season," he said, admitting there was some debate over Dier's best position.

"We made a decision together, I told him immediately since my arrival, let's go together in a certain direction, but I think you are not ready.

"So, let's go back to a certain level of being a midfielder, but also with an eye to transforming to a centre-back, where he feels more comfortable.

"Even when we were working on Zoom, we were working with him, totally focused on being a centre-back, so he develops a number of skills, becomes much more adapted to that position.

"Then we decided [against] Manchester United, first match [after the resumption], we'd go with him in that position. Using this period to fight for points and objectives in relation to the table but also looking forward to the next season.

"And I think he played a very good match against Sheffield [United]. We all made a few mistakes but defensively the team was very consistent. And he was very consistent playing against some of the best strikers.

"I think he's doing very, very well, we look forward to next season, where we have no doubts that he's there as a centre back and I think an important player for us."

Eric Dier has been hit with a four-game ban and a £40,000 fine after his altercation with a fan following Tottenham's FA Cup loss to Norwich City in March.

The England midfielder climbed into the stands after Spurs' penalty shoot-out loss having been angered by the actions of a supporter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Stewards intervened to separate Dier from the individual, with manager Jose Mourinho saying afterwards that his player had reacted to insults towards his younger brother.

Dier was charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) in April.

He denied his actions had been threatening, but an independent regulatory commission found otherwise, with the FA confirming his sanction on Wednesday.

"Eric Dier has been suspended for four matches with immediate effect, fined £40,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a breach of FA Rule E3," read an FA statement.

"The Tottenham Hotspur FC player admitted that his actions at the conclusion of a fixture against Norwich City FC in the FA Cup on March 4, 2020 were improper but denied that they were also threatening.

"An independent regulatory commission subsequently found Eric Dier's actions to be threatening."

The suspension comes into immediate effect, meaning Dier will miss all but one of Spurs' remaining five Premier League games, which includes the derby against Arsenal on Sunday.

 

Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Eric Dier will sign a new contract with Tottenham.

The versatile England international's deal expires at the end of next season, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and manager Mourinho want him to stay.

Dier has informed Mourinho of his desire to extend his stay at the Premier League club, which was music to the ears of the Tottenham boss.

Mourinho said: "My boss Mr Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contract and Eric tells me that he's more than happy here, more than happy with his situation, especially now that he feels we have a certain idea for him and the deal.

"And he tells me also that he wants very much to stay.

"So I hope that we can find an agreement because I'm trying to take the team in a certain direction and when I try to develop a player in the team it's because I'm waiting for a player to stay with us."

The London club travel to Sheffield United on Thursday in the battle for European spots and Mourinho says Europa League rather than Champions League qualification would not be a failure.

"If you tell me I start the season with zero points like everyone else and at the end of the season I am not in a Champions League spot I would say disappointing," the Portuguese said.

"If I put myself in my day one and where the team was and everything that happens I would say I would not be disappointed because the situation was incredible.

"But we are going to fight until we can, until it is mathematically impossible. One objective is points on the table but we cannot forget that one objective is working for the future, working for next season.

"This is not a waste of time for us. It doesn't matter how we end the season, to know the players, to work with the players, to make decisions to improve the team step by step in certain areas I think is also very important for us.

"We just want to play and see where we are at the end of the season. When the season finishes we know a couple of weeks later we are starting pre-season for the next season and then is the moment to say everyone has the same points let's go and fight."

Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct by the FA after he confronted a supporter in the stands following Tottenham's FA Cup defeat to Norwich City last month.

Spurs were knocked out on penalties after a 1-1 draw with Norwich in a fifth-round clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Dier, who scored in the shoot-out, was upset by the actions of a fan after the final whistle and climbed into the stands.

Stewards intervened to separate the England international from the individual.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said afterwards that Dier had reacted to insults towards his younger brother and said he could "not agree" if the club disciplined him.

On Thursday, the FA confirmed: "Eric Dier has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3. 

"It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder's actions at the conclusion of the Emirates FA Cup fixture against Norwich City on Wednesday March 4 2020 were improper and/or threatening. 

"Eric Dier has until Friday May 8 2020 to provide a response."

Dier has made 25 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season.

Jose Mourinho believes the atmosphere during Tottenham's FA Cup defeat to Norwich City was "fantastic" and "an example of what football should be" despite the match being marred by an incident involving Eric Dier and a fan.

Spurs lost 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra-time on Wednesday, with Dier one of the two who successfully converted his spot-kick.

But after the match, photos and videos began circulating on social media showing Dier marching into the stands at full-time to confront a supporter, with Mourinho later confirming the midfielder had gone into the crowd to deal with an incident involving his brother.

One of the videos showed the England international being restrained by a group of people made up of fans and stewards, with the situation appearing to be diffused before an altercation occurred.

And Mourinho ignored the incident when asked about the crowd atmosphere on Wednesday, insisting he "didn't see any negativity".

"I think the atmosphere on Wednesday was fantastic," Mourinho told reporters on Friday. "It was an example of what football has to be and should be – 9,000 away fans [from Norwich]. Fantastic.

"I think, independent of their happiness at the result, they [Norwich fans] came to enjoy and it was great. Great respect from the Tottenham fans to them. I don't know one single incident that happened.

"Tottenham fans were supporting the team from minute one until the last penalty we missed. Fantastic support from our fans. I didn't see any negativity.

"If somebody had a little incident in the end, I prefer to focus on the beautiful things in the game and to praise fans from both clubs for such a fantastic support.

"Wednesday night, cold rainy night, but a huge, completely full stadium, great atmosphere, big fight but no incidents between players.

"Two or three yellow cards by normal actions. Great relations between the two benches. We have a fantastic relationship between the staffs. Good referees and the only thing apart from that incident I didn't like was that in the penalty shoot-out, the assistant on the line and the VAR they were sleeping.

"They were sleeping because if they were not then every penalty that [Tim] Krul saved should be repeated. So, they were a bit tired, it was too late and they were sleeping."

Mourinho also confirmed on Friday he sees no reason not to play Dier in Saturday's Premier League meeting with Burnley.

Eric Dier clambering over rows of seats to confront a fan after Tottenham's FA Cup loss to Norwich City was an extraordinary sight.

However, the spectacle was not without precedent, as sportspeople have come into conflict with supporters several times in the past.

While the 'professional' approach is to ignore the vitriol and insults that sometimes emanate from the crowd, there are occasions when instinct takes over.

With Dier likely facing punishment for his indiscretion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, we take a look at other sports stars who chose the direct approach in dealing with troublesome fans.

CANTONA'S KUNG-FU KICK

It is possibly the most famous incident of its kind, perpetrated by a hot-headed Frenchman on a cold January night in London back in 1995.

Manchester United's Eric Cantona had just been sent off at Crystal Palace and was heading towards the tunnel when he heard a tirade of abuse from someone in attendance at Selhurst Park.

An incensed Cantona launched into a kung-fu kick, targeting Matthew Simmons – the man who, in his limited wisdom, had chosen to share his ill-considered views – before attempting to land a flurry of punches.

The Football Association banned Cantona for eight months, while he was sentenced to two weeks in jail – later reduced to 120 hours of community service – for his display of martial arts.

 

WESTBROOK READY TO THROW DOWN

Russell Westbrook stopped short of a physical altercation when he felt he had been subjected to some vile taunts during the Oklahoma City Thunders' win over the Utah Jazz last March.

The nine-time NBA All-Star, now with the Houston Rockets, was captured on film delivering an expletive-laden rant to a man and his wife, sat court-side at the Jazz's Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Westbrook snarled: "I'll f*** you up. You and your wife."

The Jazz issued a lifetime ban to one of the perpetrators for "excessive and derogatory verbal abuse directed at a player".

Meanwhile, Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA "for directing profanity and threatening language to a fan".

 

NO JOKE FOR STOKES

Ben Stokes uses controlled aggression very much to his advantage with bat and ball, but he let his anger get the better of him during a Test match in South Africa in January.

The England all-rounder was dismissed for two on the opening day at the Wanderers and was heard on a live broadcast aiming expletives at a spectator.

Stokes claimed to have been "subjected to repeated abuse", but later took to Twitter to say sorry for his "unprofessional" reaction.

He was fined 15 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council match referee.

 

MALICE AT THE PALACE

No, this isn't Cantona again, but it is arguably a more remarkable incident. The brawl that broke out between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons in a 2004 NBA game was spectacular enough in itself, but then it got a whole lot crazier.

With the initial disorder beginning to calm, tensions flared again when a fan threw a drink at Pacers small forward Ron Artest, who made a beeline for his assailant. 

That prompted a wide-scale fracas involving players and spectators, with heavy sanctions for many involved.

The NBA dished out a combined 146-game ban for nine of the players, with five charged with assault, while five fans were hit by lifetime bans.

 

CLOUGH GETS TOUGH

Brian Clough was a notoriously no-nonsense football manager and he demonstrated that for all to see in memorable scenes at Nottingham Forest's City Ground in 1989.

With his Forest side having beaten QPR 5-2 to reach the last four of the League Cup, the home fans invaded the pitch to celebrate.

Clough, however, was in no mood to rejoice with them and instead chose to dish out a bit of rough justice, punching, slapping and grabbing anyone he could lay his hands on.

Two of his victims were later invited to the club for an apology – not from Clough, but for them to say sorry to him.

Eric Dier is set to come under scrutiny from a Football Association investigation after he entered the stands to confront a supporter following Tottenham's FA Cup fifth-round loss to Norwich City.

Stats Perform understands the FA will be investigating the incident, with Dier having becoming embroiled in a row that apparently involved his brother.

Footage emerged on social media showing the England international climbing over rows of seats to approach a fan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after Spurs' shoot-out defeat on Wednesday.

Dier scored his penalty but the hosts were beaten 3-2 on spot-kicks, with the 26-year-old seemingly irked by the words of someone in the crowd as he walked off the field.

While Spurs boss Jose Mourinho conceded "Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do", the Portuguese said he would not support any club sanctions against his player.

Jose Mourinho questioned people sitting in "privileged positions" at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and whether they are "real" Spurs fans after Eric Dier climbed into the stands to confront supporters.

Tottenham crashed out of the FA Cup in the fifth round following Wednesday's penalty shoot-out loss to Norwich City after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.

The match was overshadowed by an incident involving Tottenham's England international Dier, who jumped over advertising hoardings and rushed into the stands as the stadium emptied in London.

Tottenham head coach Mourinho said the incident involved Dier's brother before the Portuguese discussed fans sitting in the corporate areas of the stadium.

"The people that are in these privileged positions by the tunnel," Mourinho told reporters post-match, while adding he is unaware of racism allegations.

"Of course some are Tottenham fans but I think a lot of corporate, a lot of invitation, a lot of people with special status and probably it's the place of the stadium where I sometimes have doubts over if they are the real Tottenham fans because these [real fans] are the ones who support the boys until the last.

"This person insulted Eric, this family was there. The young brother was not happy with the situation and then Eric, I repeat did what we professionals cannot do, but did something that probably we would do."

The loss is another blow for injury-ravaged Tottenham, who have gone four matches without a win in all competitions.

Spurs must dust themselves off quickly as they travel to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday before making the trip to RB Leipzig for the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie only three days later.

With Tottenham – seventh in the Premier League and five points off fourth place – struggling for fitness and trying to compete in the Champions League, Mourinho said he can only prioritise one competition.

"In this moment I have to think about what's next and I have to speak to my club because I think some of these boys to have a chance to fight Tuesday for a Champions League position they just can't play on Saturday," Mourinho added. "Particularly in forward positions, behind we've got options but not going forward."

"I think we don't deserve the result but that's football. As you can expect it was a difficult game, as I could expect some of my players were really, really in trouble and they made an incredible effort to try," he said.

"Harry Winks was completely dead. I think he's started 11 to 12 games in a row, we had many, many players in trouble.

"I don't have one single negative feeling towards my players, the opposite, they tried fantastic things. I am really, really sad for the boys, I can cope with the bad result and with negative moments, I've had so many, but I am really sad for the players."

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier entered the stands and confronted a supporter following the team's FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Norwich City amid a row involving the player's brother.

Spurs exited the competition in a penalty shoot-out on Wednesday, as Tim Krul saved two spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw after extra-time.

Dier scored his penalty but appeared irked by the actions of a fan following full-time and marched into the stands.

With the stadium emptying, stewards separated the England international from the individual involved, with clips of the clash quickly emerging on social media.

Asked about the altercation in his post-match media conference, Mourinho said: "I don't think that belongs to the game. The game was a fantastic representation of the FA Cup, but I cannot run away from the question.

"I think Eric Dier did what we as professionals cannot do but when someone insults you and your family is involved, especially your young brother...

"This person insulted Eric, the younger brother was not happy with the situation, and Eric was not happy. We as professionals cannot do what he did."

Mourinho did not want Tottenham to punish Dier for his actions, adding: "If the club discipline Eric Dier, I would not agree with it. But what he did was wrong."

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