Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is happy to be wrong about the Tottenham defenders lacking in confidence after Eric Dier appeared to refute his boss’ comments.
Tottenham have made a number of unforced errors at the back over recent weeks and question marks have been raised about the Spurs backline.
Mourinho claimed a few weeks ago that just like the forwards struggle for confidence when they go through a lean spell in front of goal, some of his defenders are now short of belief owing to the mistakes they have made.
When asked about the Spurs boss’ comments, Dier said this week that his confidence levels have not taken a hit this season and that his form has dropped off over recent months in correlation with the team’s struggles.
Mourinho insisted he is happy to hear that Dier’s confidence remains high despite his downturn in form, insisting that is the mentality he prefers his players to have.
When asked about Dier’s comments, the Portuguese coach told Football.London: “I prefer that, I prefer that I’m wrong. I prefer that it has nothing to do with low confidence.
“I prefer players with big personality, like the player who missed two penalties in a row but still has the confidence to be the penalty taker. And on the third penalty he gets the ball to try again.
“So I’m very happy that it’s not a mental situation, not a psychological situation. I’m really, really happy with that.”
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I do not think Dier was necessarily contradicting Mourinho’s previous comments but that was always how the media were going to spin what the Tottenham defender said. Mourinho has handled it well by not giving the press an opportunity to speculate about a potential feud between him and Dier.
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