Nuno Espirito Santo explains ‘main reason’ behind Tottenham struggles following Chelsea loss
Tottenham bested by Chelsea
The weekend’s Premier League action drew to a close in north London when Tottenham hosted Chelsea.
The tie began in fairly end-to-end fashion, with Spurs, despite the usually defensive nature of Nuno Espirito Santo, being very proactive in their pressing and overall approach to the tie.
This led to a first-half which was very entertaining but saw neither side create a big chance to score.
In response to this, Thomas Tuchel brought on N’Golo Kante at half-time for Mason Mount and switched to a 3-5-2, which turned the tie on its head.
The Blues dominated basically the entire second 45 and took just five minutes to open the scoring via Thiago Silva:
“It’s a brilliant header!” 💥
Thiago Silva gives #CFC the lead with a thumping effort from a corner!#GameZero pic.twitter.com/wqOCoU1AkF
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 19, 2021
A deflected N’Golo Kante effort and then a late striker from Antonio Rudiger ensured that Chelsea returned home with a resounding 3-0 win.
Nuno outlines main reason for Spurs’ struggles
Despite the first half being a fairly even affair, Chelsea dominated the Lilywhites in the head-to-head stats post-match:
It’s back-to-back 3-0 defeats for #THFC in the Premier League…😬
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 20, 2021
Now though, Nuno Espirito Santo has moved to explain the main reason behind Spurs’ struggles post-Chelsea.
And, according to the Portuguese, the main reason was a lack of time to work together:
“We had to find solutions, since the beginning this has been our focus so that we can help players to perform and find partnerships
“We have had problems. There are a lot of reasons — a lack of time to work together. That’s the main reason. But honestly, the first half was really good. The energy, the attitude and the spirit. There is only one positive today, that was the first half.
“I’m disappointed. It was a game of two halves clearly. The first half was fantastic, we competed very well, were the better team and controlled things. For 50 minutes we held on before the first goal but after that the game changed. It was very hard for us. Chelsea are a good team and created us many problems.
“I don’t know if we surprised them but we needed to start the match really strong and we did that. We did good pressing, recovering the ball and creating good situations. The plan was to score. There were chances to do it, we didn’t do it.”
Quotes via the Daily Mail.