Opinion: Nuno’s first job at Spurs – And it involves a summer trophy

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno has a lot to get done this summer and the subsequent season.

This current Spurs squad is a mess and has endured back-to-back disappointing seasons.

However, with the appointment of Fabio Paratici, Nuno will not have to put much thought into negotiating transfers and can instead focus on getting the squad ready for the season.

I believe that there is one specific thing that Nuno needs to do before anything else. That is to prevent Arsenal from winning the Mind Charity Event at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

If you were unaware, Spurs, Arsenal, and Chelsea have arranged a pre-season tournament, ‘The Mind Series’.

The proceeds of the event go to the Mind Charity (as well as the respective club foundations). Mind is a mental health charity that provides “advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Spurs first play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 4 August and then Arsenal on 8 August at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Arsenal also play Chelsea on 1 August.

This means that if Arsenal beat Chelsea in their first fixture, they would win the tournament by beating Spurs in our own stadium (The Schedule).

This would mean that Arsenal could potentially win more trophies in our stadium than Tottenham – a fact the Gooners would be unlikely to forget. Do not think for a second that it being a pre-season trophy will matter to the mockery from our North London rivals.

A defeat here would also immediately get the fans on Nuno’s back and, with our first game against Manchester City, Nuno and his coaching staff do not need any extra pressure.

It may seem like a small pre-season friendly, but I believe it has the ability to serve either as a springboard or a lead balloon.

On the other hand, Arsenal just lost to Hibernian FC, so maybe this won’t be a problem…

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