In his managerial career, Jose Mourinho would have chased after several stars-but definitely never for the excuse that he sprinted after Eric Dier on Tuesday.
Defender Dier unexpectedly ran off the pitch in the 77th minute of Tottenham's Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea, with Spurs 1-0 down, and went straight through the tunnel.
In hot pursuit, Boss Mourinho took off and TV cameras inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium showed the boss vanishing seconds after the defender into the dressing room.
But what may have induced Dier to leave the field with a little more than 10 minutes left in a cup game that his team was losing?
"After the win, a grinning Dier said," Everybody can imagine!
I'm OK, but for me it was a first. There was nothing I could do with it, because you have to go where you have to go. You can't postpone those things.
I have no idea if Jose knew what I was doing to begin with. As I was driving, I told Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Toby Alderweireld that I absolutely had to go.
"I was struggling with stomach cramps, it had got too bad."
Duly relieved, Dier emerged back on to the pitch a couple of minutes later, followed by Mourinho, who was also a little less frantic.
Dier added: "Jose wasn't happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling."
Fortunately for Dier, team-mate Erik Lamela equalised with seven minutes left and his side progressed on penalties.
Dier, who missed a penalty as Spurs were knocked out by Chelsea in a shootout in the 2019 semi-finals of this competition, was the first home player to step up for the spot-kicks and he coolly converted.