Legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has applauded Tottenham Hotspur after Jose Mourinho’s side came from 2-0 down to Olympiacos to win 4-2 over the Greek champions in the Champions League.
Youssef El-Arabi lashed Olympiacos in front before Ruben Semedo doubled Olympiacos’ tally after 20 minutes. It saw Jose Mourinho decide to bring Eric Dier off in a tactical switch, bringing Christian Eriksen onto the pitch.
The change worked. Spurs nabbed one back just before half-time through Dele Alli after a dreadful mistake at the back from the Olympiakos defence. Harry Kane got in on the act, before Serge Aurier hammered Spurs into the lead with a superb finish.
Kane made it four with a superb header from an Eriksen free-kick, confirming Spurs’ place in the knockout stages of the competition – though it is second to Bayern Munich. Real Madrid icon Casillas reacted on Twitter, praising Mourinho.
The Tweet is translated as: “Tottenham: During the first minutes there was nerves and a substitution, but then they played a good game. They gave with everything. Good decision [from Mourinho] to rethink the game.”
ReMOUntada del Tottenham… Primeros minutos de nervios y despistes pero luego buen juego. Han ido con todo. Buenas decisiones para replantear el partido. #nochedechampions
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) November 26, 2019
TBR’s view – Has Dier’s place in the Tottenham side been harmed?
Midfielder Dier came into the side at the base of the midfield and was excellent in the 3-2 win over West Ham. Mourinho is a fan of Dier, and tried to sign the Portuguese-speaking England cap while at Manchester United.
But to be tactically substituted after 20 minutes is embarrassing and Mourinho apologised after the match. But will his removal see his firts-team chances harmed? Spurs were a much better side with Eriksen on the pitch on Tuesday night.
Indeed, the Dane did notch an assist and got Spurs thinking more forward than defensively. Perhaps it will depend on the opposition, when it comes to Dier playing.