Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo gives his verdict on the loss to Crystal Palace
Speaking in the post-match press conference (h/t football.london), Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo gave his verdict on the loss against Crystal Palace. He spoke about the challenges faced during the game where Spurs went down by a man and Palace slammed home thrice to complete the rout.
It all came crashing down at Selhurst Park as Patrick Vieira’s side outclassed a much-depleted Tottenham team. Nuno was without a host of key players but it was still a strong side with the likes of Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, in the starting XI. However, the game started off in the worst possible way with Eric Dier coming off injured.
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The second half saw Spurs try to increase the tempo only for Japhet Tanganga to get sent off for two yellows. Ben Davies did little to help as he conceded a penalty that Wilfried Zaha converted. Odsonne Edouard came on later to add two more goals as Spurs suffered from the lesser numbers.
Spurs failed to keep up their winning run
The result meant, Tottenham have seen their three-game winning start to the Premier League campaign come to an end. Nuno Espirito Santo had to face some questions regarding the loss and here is what he said about the outcome.
“We just look at the game so we had a lot of obstacles during the game to overcome. It was not easy for the boys today. But in the first half I think we were in control of the game, didn’t create too much but didn’t allow too much also. So both teams were in the game but like you said the team losing a player and all these things, but I think we overcame that and at half-time we spoke and the perspective was to improve in the second half, but it didn’t happen.”
He added that Spurs were still in the game despite the sending off.
“Even in the beginning before the penalty, one man down, but even in that moment we showed resilience, we were strong. and the penalty came. But a lot of situations we have to look at and be fair to say that we didn’t perform as well as we should.”
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Nuno has been handed his first loss in the league as Spurs manager. To be fair, he did have a lot of problems to deal with going into the game. However, that tepid showing will worry everyone. Hardly one or two players stepped up and a better showing will be needed against a strong Chelsea side next week.