Tottenham defender Eric Dier completely disagrees with Jose Mourinho’s theory that he is suffering a crisis of confidence.
The 27-year-old has been dropped twice by Mourinho for recent league outings after making game-changing mistakes against Liverpool and Chelsea.
Spurs have lost five of their last six Premier League games and slumped to ninth in the table. They are currently a whopping nine points off the Champions League places.
Speaking after dropping Dier for games against Brighton and West Brom earlier this month, Mourinho revealed his reasoning.
“Players have moments,” Mourinho 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, they are men. And they feel more than anyone else these little moments of confidence, of crisis.
“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. And I believe confidence, that drops a little bit.”
Spurs secured their place in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday night. A 4-0 home win over Wolfsberger gave them an 8-1 aggregate victory.
But Dier even suffered a mishap against the Austrians when he was lucky not to see red for a last-man challenge.
No confidence issues for Dier
Preparing for Sunday’s clash with Burnley, Dier insists his recent dip is down to the team’s struggles and not his own.
“Confidence-wise, I don’t feel like I’ve been in a bad place all season,” said Dier, quoted by The Guardian.
“I’ve gone through periods where I’ve had low confidence in the past. So I know what it feels like and I haven’t felt that this season. The most important thing is the reality, and people’s perception versus reality can be different sometimes.
“We’ve gone through a difficult moment but it’s important to keep things in context. I feel like I’ve been happy with my level for the majority of the season.
“There’s been a dip in it, which correlates with the dip with the team in general and our performances in general. I don’t think my confidence has ever been in a negative place where it’s been in previous times.”