Mourinho admits his tactical decision hurt one of his players

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Tottenham Hotspur looked to be facing a nightmare scenario in the Champions League after just 20 minutes of action last night against Olympiacos in North London.

The Greek side went 2-0 up early on, with it looking as if the Lilywhites would not be able to qualify on the night as they had hoped.

It also brought into the picture a potentially pivotal away fixture at Bayern Munich, a similar situation to the one Spurs faced at the Nou Camp last season.

However, Spurs were able to come from behind and win 4-2 on the night thanks to a brace from Harry Kane and goals from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier.

Despite these strikes, it was perhaps a Jose Mourinho decision in the 28th minute that sparked the Spurs revival, as he removed Dier from the field of play.

The Special One subbed on Christian Eriksen for Dier to add a more attacking element to the Tottenham midfield, a decision that he admits hurt him and the player alike.

Mourinho said (Football London): “The first thing that was the most difficult moment for me was not the goals but the change I had to make. Hurt the player but also hurt me. It’s important the player understood and I was fortunate that it was a very intelligent boy who understood it was about the team, not the performance. I felt another creative midfielder in that open triangle was needed rather than the closed triangle with Eric. I apologised to Eric and made it clear I didn’t do it to hurt him. Christian gave us what we needed at that time.”

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