Nuno speaks on ‘special’ North London Derby and the fitness of his players

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno Espirito Santo has claimed that Tottenham’s next Premier League match is not a normal game, labelling the North London Derby on Sunday as ‘special’.

A couple of weeks ago, Tottenham would have come into the match as heavy favourites, having won their opening three Premier League games and sitting top of the tree.

Arsenal, meanwhile, had lost their opening three fixtures, including a shock defeat to newly-promoted Brentford, and were bottom of the table.

However, since then the fortunes of the two North London clubs have switched, with Arsenal winning three matches on the bounce. Tottenham have recorded back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the Premier League against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.

The Lilywhites also have an extra competition to deal with in the Europa Conference League, having drawn their group stage opener with Rennes 2-2.

Ahead of the NLD, Nuno spoke to the press about the ‘special’ fixture and how they are managing the fitness of their players at Tottenham.

He said (Football London): “It’s not another game. It’s a special game. A special game for us and for our fans.”

On the fitness of the players, he added: “Each and every one of our players has to be really careful in how we decide and all these things. We have different players in different momentums in terms of preparation.

“We must use the games and the matches to increase our levels of fitness, performance, technical aspects of the team.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I suspect we will not see the best of Tottenham and Nuno’s new fitness regime until around November/December time. This is a rebuild and development season for Spurs so it is very much about the process rather than challenging for the title or anything like that.

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