Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Espirito Santo has this afternoon provided updates on the respective fitness levels of Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn.
Eagles run riot
Nuno and co. were of course back in action a short time ago.
After heading into the international break sitting pretty atop the Premier League table as the only side to have secured a perfect 9 points from 9, the Lilywhites were no doubt desperate to keep their positive start to life in 2021/22 alive on Saturday, in a trip to capital rivals Crystal Palace.
When all was said and done at Selhurst Park, however, to say that Spurs were brought back down to earth would be putting it lightly.
Amid something of a personnel crisis, the North Londoners looked completely disjointed, en route to a harrowing eventual defeat.
Wilfried Zaha opened the afternoon’s scoring from the spot 15 minutes from time, before a late double on the part of substitute Odsonne Edouard ensured a 3-0 final scoreline, and got the Patrick Vieira-Palace era up and running in style.
The dream debut for Odsonne Edouard who scores moments after entering the field of the play! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/4KhhDgAw4D
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 11, 2021
At Spurs, on the other hand, the post mortem now begins.
Whilst there is no excuse for the kind of display put on by Nuno’s men at Selhurst Park, it must, as outlined above, be noted that the visitors were missing a whole host of key personnel versus Palace.
All of Davinson Sanchez, Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso, Heung-min Son, Steven Bergwijn and Ryan Sessegnon were unavailable, whilst Tanguy Ndombele was deemed not ready for his first start of the campaign.
In turn, speaking during his post-match press conference, it came as little surprise when boss Nuno was drawn on the latest on the wellbeing of Son and Bergwijn – the former of whom was sorely missed from the Lilywhites’ frontline on Saturday.
And the Portuguese went on to confirm that the situation remains somewhat up in the air, explaining:
‘I don’t know. He doesn’t look well. Stevie [Bergwijn], let’s wait and see this week. Hopefully they will improve and be available for the next game, let’s see.’
Minor correction to make sure this is completely accurate, technically he said at the end: “….hopefully they will improve and be available for the next game, let’s see.”
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) September 11, 2021
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