‘Confusing for everybody’ – Nuno expresses concerns for next international break

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed that Tottenham are concerned about next month’s international break after the chaos of the one just gone.

The Portuguese manager, fresh off winning the Premier League manager of the Month for August, has called out the governing bodies to show more clarity.

The most recent international break has been one full of chaos – specifically regarding Tottenham’s three South American players in Giovanni Lo Celso, Christian Romero and Davinson Sanchez.

The trio all defied the rules to travel to South America and it all came to a head for the Argentian pair as, five minutes into their game against Brazil, health authorities came onto the pitch claiming the duo had entered the country by breaching COVID-19 rules (BBC).

The game was cancelled and the pair, along with Sanchez, are now quarantining and training in Croatia before they head back to North London (Independent).

Nuno addressed the situation before the Crystal Palace defeat and also called out the governing bodies to show more clarity.

He said (Standard): “It’s confusing for everybody.

“Because we don’t have much news from the governing bodies on what we should do, what to expect in the next international break.

“This is the main concern for us, that things can be solved for the future. But it’s really difficult to understand.

“Every time that an international break comes around it’s always a concern for us because you cannot control [the situations].

“There is nothing much more that I can say that will avoid or find a solution for this problem.

“With FIFA, UEFA and the Premier League, they know that we have a big, big issue among the clubs, so I hope they solve it. I hope they solve it, but nothing I’m going to say is going to bring a solution to it.

“FIFA is the governing body of football so we expect answers from FIFA that can tell us what we should do, because it’s not only us, it’s all the clubs in the Premier League.

“It happens with South American players but suddenly it could happen with European players so imagine that our England internationals cannot join the England team because they would go to a red list country. Big problem.”

SpursWeb Opinion 

What Nuno is alluding to is completely right. The governing bodies have to take more control in these situations and lay down some proper rules. Otherwise, it’s a player versus club situation and that is what has led to the chaos we have seen in the past week.

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