‘We have problems’ – Nuno addresses concerns about Tottenham’s style of play

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Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted that he is fully aware of the problems that Tottenham need to solve over the coming weeks after the side suffered two back to back 3-0 defeats in the Premier League.

The pressure is already starting to mount on the new Spurs boss, with the side having scored just three goals and conceded six in the Premier League so far this season.

Some pundits, including former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes have already voiced their concerns about the Portuguese coach’s conservative approach (Premier League Productions (11/09/21 at 12:20 pm).

The 47-year-old had remarked in his first press conference as Tottenham head coach back in the summer that he was a fan of the club’s motto – To Dare is to Do.

When it was put to Nuno that the football that Spurs have played so far this season does not quite live up to the motto, he told Football.London: “If you want to go that way I totally understand.

“I totally understand what you are trying to say, but it is about ‘us’, not about ‘me’. It’s about ‘us’. We have to improve.

“We have to find the right way. We started well. When we are not doing well, criticism happens. It’s always going to happen, always going to be. So what do we have to do? Improve.

“I’m aware of what’s happening. I’m aware of what happened before. If you want me to go through it again, I will go through again. With all my respect, I think I’m very clear. We are on it. We are working hard.

“We are aware that we have problems we have to improve on. The energy is exactly the same. Of course, when things are well, you smile, you’re happy. This is life. But my energy? It’s always the same.”

There is also plenty of concern surrounding Harry Kane’s form, with the striker looking a shadow of his former self following his failed move to Manchester City in the summer.

In fact, even Chelsea and Liverpool defenders Marcos Alonso and Joel Matip have touched the ball in the opposition penalty area more than Kane this season (Duncan Alexander).

When asked if the stat was a concern, Nuno responded: “No, the realisation that we are not able to build enough situations is the problem that we have.

“All individual situations that happen with the players – touches, actions – are a product of the team.

“At the same time we’ve got to analyse and we look at the problems we have in defence. It’s the same approach in terms of analysing the situation.

“It has to do with the team. Our main focus must and always be the team.

“I would like to see all our players. If I can put our players, six, seven in the box is where games are decided, I will do so.”

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I do sympathise with Nuno for the criticism he is receiving for Tottenham’s style of play. It was evident that the Spurs boss set the team up to press Chelsea high up the pitch on Sunday but it seemed like the players simply ran out of gas in the second half.

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