Dele Alli offers ringing endorsement of Nuno Espirito Santo despite heavy Chelsea defeat
Spurs season hits stumbling block
Following an effective, if not altogether impressive start to the season, Tottenham have seen their good work undone in the last two Premier League games. Back to back 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and particularly the performance in the defeat to Palace, have seen questions raised about the suitability of new boss Nuno Espirito Santo for the job.
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The pair of poor results have seen Spurs slip to seventh in the table, having been top a fortnight ago. Defeat this weekend in the north London derby would see Arsenal, who were sitting bottom at the international break, draw level with the Lilywhites, virtually undoing all of the good foundations laid in the opening three games.
Clearly, however, the new boss still has the players under his spell, even if results have taken a turn for the worse.
Dele Alli outlines Nuno’s ability
Speaking to Football.London, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was quick to ddefend his latest manager, offering a ringing endorsement of what he has achieved since he joined up with the north Londoners.
Alli revealed that:
“He’s done a brilliant job. We all came into training for pre-season not knowing exactly what to expect with a new manager coming in.”
“Normally, when a new manager arrives, it’s exciting, but it’s usually off the back of a bad run of form or the team not doing well. It gives the team a boost and it’s a new way of thinking, of looking at the game, different tactics.
“He’s steadied the ship though and at the same time, he’s got a clear way forward. We worked hard in pre-season and things are going well. It’s still very early on, he’s done a great job so far, but it’s a long season, so we have to keep on improving.”
Alli, who has featured in all of Tottenham’s Premier League encounters thus far, is one of the main beneficiaries of the arrival of Santo, having made just 15 Premier League appearances last campaign and providing just the solitary assist.
It, of course, remains to be seen just how Tottenham can fare under the guidance of the former Wolves boss this season.
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