Arsenal legend questions Nuno’s Tottenham claim after West Ham defeat

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Ian Wright has been left bewildered by Nuno Espirito Santo’s claims that Tottenham played well against West Ham on Sunday and questioned the Portuguese coach’s game plan. 

The Hammers claimed bragging rights against Tottenham at the London Stadium with a 1-0 win thanks to a second-half strike from Michail Antonio. 

The West Ham striker took advantage of a lapse in concentration from a handful of Spurs players to prod home an Aaron Cresswell corner from close range, lifting his side into the top four of the Premier League. 

Spurs, despite claiming the majority of the possession in Stratford, did not look likely of stamping their authority on the game, leaving West Ham to be content with sitting back and waiting for Nuno’s side to break them down. 

Following the game, the Spurs manager claimed his side were the ‘better team’ and controlled proceedings despite suffering their fourth defeat of the season to London opposition. 

However, former Arsenal forward Wright was not convinced that was truly the case and has struggled to identify Nuno’s game plan at Spurs after another tame showing. 

Wright said on Match of the Day 2 (24/10/21): “Why wouldn’t you defend with a lot of men? It’s up to you to break it down.

“He said that he thought they played well [and that] they dominated the ball, yes they’ve got a lot of men back but it’s up to Tottenham to move them around and try and get something going.

“I don’t see what the game plan is. It seems to be a problem. He brought on substitutes with six minutes to go, they needed to change something quick [in the second half].”

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Nuno feels the side played well because they had more of the ball, but there weren’t too many occasions in which Spurs looked threatening in possession.

West Ham sat off and waited for some kind of error to happen, and unfortunately, they capitalised on one at a crucial time. 

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