‘Not fun to be part of’ – Spurs star opens up on ‘unacceptable’ defeats this season

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted that it was ‘unacceptable’ for Tottenham to lose three back-to-back matches against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, adding that the club desperately needed all three points against Aston Villa. 

It was all doom and gloom at Spurs after the North London derby as the Lilywhites had conceded nine goals, scoring just once in their past three games. 

Some reports even indicated that Nuno Espirito Santo was fighting to keep hold of his job on the back of those three results.

However, the players responded positively to the loss, brushing aside NS Mura 5-1 in the Europa Conference League on Thursday and putting in an impressive display to overcome an in-form Villa side. 

Hojbjerg, who scored Tottenham’s opener against the Villans, insisted that the Spurs players were not getting carried away after winning their first three matches of the season and admitted the three consecutive losses were not fun to be a part of.

The midfielder told Danish publication Tipsbladet (as relayed by Sport Witness): “Of course it (the win over Villa) meant a lot. It was important to get back on the right keel after conceding nine goals in three games. 

“It is absolutely unacceptable, especially when you only score one goal yourself. It was not fun to be a part of.

“Even when we won three matches, we were well aware that we did not do things perfectly and were still in a process. 

“Now, we luckily got a victory over Aston Villa, so overall it looks ok after seven games. We are four points behind first, so if we stick to now, it may well be ok.”

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Things would have surely turned really ugly had Tottenham failed to beat Villa over the weekend. However, the performance on Sunday, particularly going forward, was encouraging. Hopefully, that was a sign of things to come under Nuno.

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