The Spurs boss says it's normal for a player within the Denmark international's position to underperform, speculatively over his future raging.
Christian Eriksen has not been at his best for Tottenham in recent weeks, in line with Jose Mourinho, who thinks the midfielder has been littered with transfer rumors.
Eriksen has entered the final six months of his existing deal at Spurs and doesn't seem to possess any intention of signing a contract extension with the club.
It has been urged that Tottenham will attempt to benefit on a prized asset before he's free to leave for nothing, with variety of potential suitors cropping up within the January window.
Italian giants inter square measure chief among them and reportedly set a proposal on the table once meeting with Eriksen's agent in Milan on Fri.
Despite the uncertainty close the 27-year-old's position at the Tottenham Hotspur sports stadium, Mourinho included him in his beginning XI for the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Aaturday evening.
Eriksen was hauled off within the last half of the 1-0 home defeat when failing to have an effect on the game in any meaningful way, continuing a worrying recent trend.
Mourinho isn't shocked that Dane's performance levels have swayback, however, as he told reporters ahead of an fa Cup third-round replay against Middlesbrough: "If you question me if i feel this is often the most effective Christian Eriksen I have to be honest and say no. If you question me if i do know the explanations, i am not an idiot.
"I’m not blaming or criticizing the player, i'm just saying it's normal that a player during this scenario doesn’t perform at the very best level, however I may say that he is helping us in matches that he's playing with us.
“Eriksen had positive performances, he had positive contributions. I keep in mind the game against Olympiacos that was a basic match for us to qualify, we were losing 2-0 and he came to the game and he gave us things.
“Same against Norwich, superb performance. I conjointly suppose constant as in all probability you think that and possibly what our fans thought within the game.
He didn’t have a very sensible performance within the game against Liverpool, I even have to agree with that.”
Mourinho went on to praise 20-year-old defender Japhet Tanganga for his spectacular senior debut against the Reds whereas discussing the positives his side have taken from the defeat.
“The positives were a team in a} very tough situation playing as a team, playing against the most effective team by far within the country," he said. "For long periods of the game, we weren't inferior and for a few periods we were the strongest team.
“A debut of a young kid from the academy, English, against individuals like [Mohamed] salah and [Sadio] Mane, who are clearly within the group of the top players within the world, sensible empathy from players and supporters, that isn't straightforward once the season isn't a good season and therefore the result's even a defeat.
“I saw the most effective Davinson Sanchez, the most effective [Toby] Alderweireld, I saw the most effective level of focus and concentration from the players. Of course, we've some limitations however we all know that, but in very tough circumstances, the game was an honest game.”
Spurs Drew 1-1 with Boro at the Riverside and will got to produce a much-improved show to achieve the fourth round on Tuesday night before preparations begin for one more crucial Premier League fixture.
Mourinho will take his team to Vicarage Road to face in-form Watford on Sat, as they give the impression of being to close the nine-point gap between themselves and fourth-place Chelsea.