‘It is a big concern’ – Nuno on Spurs’ lack of creativity in Palace defeat

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno Espirito Santo believes Tottenham’s lack of creativity is a ‘big concern’ after a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. 

Spurs made their return to Premier League action following the international break with a limp display against Patrick Vieira’s side, who recorded their first win of the season. 

Nuno’s side struggled to carve out any decent opportunities and lacked the attacking guile needed to break through a spirited Palace defence. 

It was made extremely challenging when the north Londoners were reduced to ten men after Japhet Tanganga was sent off for a second bookable offence on the hour mark. 

It took Spurs 48 minutes to register their first shot on Vincente Guaita’s goal, while the club’s talisman Harry Kane was mostly starved for the vast majority of proceedings. 

Speaking on whether he was worried about his team’s lack of ideas going forward, Nuno was honest in his overall assessment and called for a quick improvement. 

“It is a big concern, we had enough quality and talent to play better,” he said (via football.london). 

“We didn’t do it, credit to Palace they were aggressive and they didn’t allow too much time on the ball. We lost duels, many, many situations that I think we should do much better. In terms of offensive, much improvement is required.”

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Spurs didn’t really offer much on the offensive side of things against Palace, which was partly down to the lack of invention in midfield. While Nuno had more creative options in Bryan Gil and Tanguy Ndombele on the bench, the red card scuppered his plans to bring the former on, which likely would have added a different dynamic. 

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