Nuno plays it cool over table-topping Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Reaction

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Watford

Nuno Espirito Santo certainly isn’t getting carried away by his and Tottenham Hotspur’s perfect start to their Premier League campaign.
The incoming boss became the first incoming Spurs manager since Arthur Rowe, way back in 1949, to win his first three league matches.

Nevertheless, being top of the table at such an early stage of the season held little weight with the Portuguese chief.

“That doesn’t mean anything at all, that doesn’t mean anything,” he explained.

“I invite everybody, not only the players, but our fans to don’t pay attention to that. Don’t pay attention to that. Let’s keep on working, we still have a long way, and a lot of aspects to improve on.”

But the fact remains that Spurs do lead the way, much to the delight of the N17 audience. And Nuno was quick to point out what pleased him the most following their latest success: “Our fans,” he enthused

“The way they supported us when the team was in trouble. The way they start pushing. Really pleasing. You ask about all the things, that was the one.

“From the game? The organisation. I think we kept all the game the shape, the right triggers, the right moments to press. Much better in the second half when we recover higher up the pitch.

“But what pleased me is when we could not kill the game, we had chances to do so, we didn’t lose our minds, we stuck together, and we were compact, we did not allow too many chances to Watford. That was good.

“The balance between these two aspects was good, and in the end, the way we managed the game. Something I didn’t like: we should be more clinical, I think we had enough quality and talented players to kill the game.”


Brian Jeeves

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