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Mourinho Explains Early Sub, Apologises To Spurs Star

After taking one of his players off before half-time during Tottenham Hotspur's comeback victory in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night, manager Jose Mourinho has explained his decision.

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Following a winning start to his new venture with the Lilywhites in the Premier League this past weekend, things did not initially look too good for Mourinho and his team on Tuesday against Olympiacos.

The Greek side were 2-0 up in 19 minutes in London, forcing the Portuguese tactician into a first-half change to try to get his side on the front foot.

in the 29th minute, Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen replaced holding midfielder Eric Dier, with Spurs pulling one goal back just before the half-time break through Dele Alli.

After Mourinho's side scored another three goals in the second half to win the match 4-2, the former Manchester United boss admitted he had apologised to Dier, but insisted that the substitution was necessary.

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"The first thing I want to say is to apologise to Eric Dier," he said, according to the Daily Mirror.  

"It's not easy for him, and for the staff. It was for the team and to find a solution.

"It was never going to be easy; it was about the team and never the individuals."

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Spurs' win over Olympiacos means they have now booked their place in the round of 16 of the Champions League, finishing second in Group B to Bayern Munich with one game against the German giants remaining.

How far do you think Mourinho's side can go in Europe this season? Let us know in the comments section below.

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