Pressure mounts on Spurs but Nuno remains focused

Brian Jeeves

Tottenham Hotspur v NS Mura – Europa Conference League Group G – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Thursday 8pm – Preview

I think it’s fair to say that the magnitude of this otherwise run of the mill UEFA Europa Conference tie has rocketed.

Unfortunately, the direction has been highly questionable. Successive derby defeats, including an eyesore of a performance against their nearest and dearest at the Emirates, has seen the pressure ramped up on Nuno Espirito Santo from disgruntled Lilywhites fans.

“Obviously, the mood is not good” the Spurs chief confirmed.

“We’re sad, disappointed. There’s a feeling we have to realise that it’s with us, it goes home with us, it doesn’t allow us to sleep but can only make us stronger to react and the reaction is tomorrow.”

Slovenian outfit, NS Mura will be looking to land another damaging blow on the haemorrhaging North Londoners, while Aston Villa waits just over the horizon, equally keen to put the boot in. Nuno was left in no doubt just how bing the two games are in the context of the situation: “Of course, and we need to change it today and tomorrow and the day after, because this is the moment when we have to react,” the Portuguese added.

“As you can imagine, it’s not a good feeling this way, like we are feeling now – like our fans are feeling now – it’s not good.

“But the difference between us and our fans is that we can change it. It’s up to us to change it.”

Spurs remain without Steven Bergwijn, injured in their opening tie with Rennes.

The 23-year-old Dutchman injured an ankle during Spurs’ last outing in the competition, a 2-2 draw at Rennes in their opening Group G match.
NS Mura were beaten by two unanswered goals in their first tie by Dutch side, SBV Vitesse.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 NS Mura


Brian Jeeves