Nuno Espirito Santo has argued that Tottenham’s 5-1 win over Mura in the Europa Conference League last night has changed a lot heading into the weekend.
Spurs were in desperate need of a win, albeit against lesser opposition, just to stop the rot in North London following three consecutive London derby defeats in the Premier League.
Tottenham conceded three goals to each of Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, only scoring once across the three matches.
However, the Lilywhites were back to their free-scoring ways against the Slovenian side last night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Harry Kane picking up a hat-trick and Giovani Lo Celso impressing.
The former Wolves boss has now argued that while the win over Mura does not erase problems, it does change things heading into the Aston Villa match on Sunday.
He also, once again, responded to the criticism being sent his way off the back of some dismal performances over the past few weeks.
Nuno said (Football London): “The game itself [against Mura] changes a lot of things, but it doesn’t erase the problems that we have.
“It makes things easier with the confidence we have with the good mood to prepare everyone better so it was important but we know Sunday will be a different game against a very good opponent.
“They have a talented squad and a very good manager so it’s a tough tough task we have ahead of us, but we will be ready. The home factor will be huge for us. The support of our fans and the atmosphere, we will compete and play the game.”
On the criticism, he added: “Football is what it is. Criticism is something that we as professionals have to be ready for,” he admitted. “I understand the criticism, but it’s not my focus.
“My focus is preparing the team, finding solutions to help the players. This is what my focus is. During my career I had a lot of criticism, I had a lot of good words and praise but nothing had changed. I keep being the same person.”
Finally, on his own mistakes against Arsenal, he said: “I have to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. It is my job. I will make sure. Let’s prepare well. We will prepare together and we will stick together.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
No Spurs fan is demanding that Nuno wins every game within a few weeks. But what people do want to see is positive football, heart, and evidence of a grand plan that seems to be taking the club forwards. Nuno has not shown that yet, but let’s see.
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