Eric Dier disagrees with Jose Mourinho’s theory for his poor Tottenham form

Eric Dier disagrees with Jose Mourinho's theory that the Tottenham defender is suffering a crisis of confidence.

The 27-year-old has been dropped twice by Mourinho for recent Premier League games after making high-profile mistakes against Liverpool and Chelsea.

Spurs have lost five of their last six top-flight games to slump to ninth in the table – nine points off a coveted top-four spot.

They have secured a place in the last 16 of the Europa league after beating Wolfsberger 4-0 on Wednesday – sealing an 8-1 aggregate victory.

But Dier even suffered a mishap against the Austrian underdogs when he was fortunate not to be sent off for a last-man challenge.

But as he prepares for Tottenham's home game against Burnley on Sunday, the England international insists his his recent dip is part of his team's erratic form rather than an individual problem.

“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."

Earlier this month, after dropping Dier for games against Brighton and West Brom, Mourinho said he felt the centre-back was suffering a "moment" of "crisis".

“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."

But Dier has disagreed, saying: “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.”

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