Tim Sherwood has claimed that he was disturbed by Nuno Espirito Santo’s post-match comments following Tottenham’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea after the Spurs boss praised his side’s first-half performance.
Tottenham were boosted by the availability of Son Heung-min and Eric Dier for the clash on Sunday while Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso also went straight into the starting eleven after returning from Croatia on Saturday.
The home side pinned Chelsea back for the majority of the first half and completely dominated the midfield battle, with Thomas Tuchel’s side struggling to have a spell of possession.
However, the game changed when Tuchel introduced N’Golo Kante at the interval and a quick-fire double from the Blues at the start of the second half complete took the wind out of Tottenham’s sails.
Spurs never really looked back like coming into the game from that point as Chelsea piled on the misery with a late third.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Nuno admitted that he was encouraged by the intensity his side showed in the first half but admitted that they struggled to compete after Chelsea scored their second.
Sherwood criticised the Portuguese coach for his comments, insisting that Spurs completely capitulated in the second half.
Reacting to Nuno’s comments, the former interim Tottenham boss told Premier League Productions (19/09/21 at 6:50 pm): “I am a bit disturbed. Him keeping talking about the first half.
“Obviously, we know a game is 90 minutes long, 95 minutes, or whatever you want to put on for extra time.
“I thought in the second half, it was a really, really poor performance. Two attempts on the Chelsea goal from Spurs and 14 from Chelsea.
“Now, you can’t put that down to one set-piece or switching off from a set-piece. Yes, we spoke about the first goal being so important.
“But you can’t capitulate as they did and performance-wise. When he (Nuno) looks at it in the cold light of day. When the dust has settled then he will know that his team have run out of steam.”
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Nuno himself pointed out in his post-match interview that while the first-half performance was good, it was about keeping it up for 90 minutes. So, I have no idea why Sherwood would be ‘disturbed’ by the Spurs boss’ comments.
Nuno was evidently just trying to draw a few positives from a disappointing evening rather than suggesting that Tottenham deserved something from the game for their first-half performance.
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