‘We have to find the balance’ – Nuno on Spurs’ lack of creativity

Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nuno Espirito Santo believes Tottenham ‘have to find the balance’ when bringing more creativity to the squad going forward. 

It was another disappointing display from the Portuguese coach’s side on Sunday, when they fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to rivals Chelsea. 

Despite leading the side to three consecutive 1-0 wins to open the Premier League season, Nuno has come under recent fire, with Spurs recording just three goals in five games. 

Spurs have not just found goals hard to come by, but also creating chances in general, which has been hampered by various injuries and structural problems so early into the season. 

The side has created just two big chances all season, with only Aston Villa failing to create more in the Premier League. 

Things seemed to look a little better in the first-half against Chelsea at the weekend, which saw Spurs pushing aggressively against Thomas Tuchel’s side. 

Although things reverted to the norm in the second 45 minutes, with the Blues simply overpowering Nuno’s men, the Spurs boss believes that the team can build on the first-half performance heading into future encounters. 

Speaking to Football.London, he said: “We have to find the balance in our game. If you want me to talk about the game against Chelsea, all the positives happened in the first half and we can share a lot of things that were ok and for sure the fans were happy.

“In the second half we didn’t do things. We opened ourselves. One concern we have is when we concede first we are not able to react. The team is not strong enough to go and give a good response.

“A lot of things that we have to improve on, but what we saw is what is moving us forward in the first half, this attitude, this willingness to go and really nice football, really nice football.

“With the talented and quality players we have when they start to gel I’m positive it’s going to be good.”

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It was a slightly more encouraging showing in the first-half against Chelsea, with Spurs looking to press instead of being passive. There were a couple of good chances carved out, but they couldn’t find a goal in reward of their efforts. 

The second period was very concerning, though, as Spurs fell flat and struggled to produce anything threatening going forward. Nuno needs to build on that opening 45 minutes and hopefully get the team playing similar to that. 

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