Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo refuses to name his players outright following Vitesse loss
The Lilywhites named a squad that did not include Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. While they had enough players to see off Vitesse, an abject performance proved us otherwise. Just one shot on target all game was a testament to that.
Vitesse dominated the game and Maximilian Wittek’s 78th-minute strike was enough to secure all three points. The game presented a number of players with the opportunity to show what they are capable of. Speaking after full time, Nuno refused to outright blame his player for failing to take it.
“It’s about having minutes, compete, improve because like you know we have a tough, tough schedule ahead of us and we will need all the players in the best condition as possible.”
Rather than the result, the Portuguese manager is keen on seeing his players get to full fitness. With a number of gruelling fixtures to come, he needs his squad fit and raring to go. Whether the runout can make a difference long term remains to be seen.
Nuno also went on to admit that he is not going to judge his players’ performance in public. He is keen for them to improve and will provide them with feedback behind closed doors.
“I am not here to judge the players, I am here to try and improve. The analysis and judgement we do behind closed doors.”
One man who returned to action on the night was Steven Bergwijn. The Dutchman however failed to impress and was largely a passenger on the night. Nuno admits that the player’s performance dropped off after the break. Fitness is key and he needs to pick it up soon.
“He needs to get back to levels of fitness. He was more involved in the first half. Second half naturally he dropped a little bit.”
More Tottenham Hotspur News
- Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of Lille midfielder Renato Sanches
- Pierluigi Gollini believes that a club like Tottenham Hotspur should aim for glory in every competition
- Real Madrid could activate the buy-back clause for Tottenham Hotspur star Sergio Reguilon
Tottenham take on West Ham United in a London derby this weekend. With their big guns set to return, remains to be seen if the Lilywhites will make it three straight wins in the Premier League.