Tottenham crisis as Nuno relationship with players ‘at rock bottom’ after Arsenal defeat
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Tottenham are a club in crisis with Nuno Espirito Santo struggling to win round the dressing room, reports say. The Portuguese was nominated for the Premier League manager of the month award for his side’s exploits in August. However, since then, they’ve suffered an alarming dip in form.
Tottenham have now lost three of their last five matches across all competitions.
And Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal was particularly chastening, with Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all on target.
Tottenham, now, are already facing a fight to bat away the doom and gloom mood that’s currently engulfing the club.
And, to make matters worse, The Sun say Nuno is struggling to win round the players following his appointment back in the summer.
It’s claimed that, even before the Arsenal defeat, the former Wolves boss had failed to earn the dressing room’s trust.
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And it’s now stated that relationships with some of his players are at ‘rock bottom’, just six matches into the new campaign.
Some Tottenham players have been impressed with his coaching methods but Nuno’s surly, sometimes grumpy demeanour isn’t helping him win them round.
Even as Spurs won their first three matches, he’s said to have remained ‘cold and unapproachable’.
Nuno was said to be furious during the club’s final training session on Saturday, with players continuously losing the ball.
And his anger was well-placed with Spurs trio Dele Alli, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele all lackadaisical in possession against Arsenal.
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What happens from here remains to be seen.
But Nuno, just six Premier League matches into his Tottenham tenure, now has a battle on his hands to turn the situation around.
He decided to front up after the defeat to Arsenal, admitting he’d picked the wrong team while also insisting his players weren’t aggressive enough.
“The performance was not good,” Nuno said.
“The gameplan was not good. The decisions were not good. So it was not a good day for us. Definitely not a good day.
“I’m going to be honest. When you have a gameplan you have to make the right decisions in terms of who you want to put on the pitch to develop that gameplan.
“I take responsibility because the decisions were not right according to the gameplan.
“I won’t name individuals but the gameplan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.
“We were not aggressive enough to control the dynamic of Arsenal in midfield. We suffered when we wanted to go in front and we allowed Arsenal to always come to us.”
And he then added: “How can I be happy, that they are like this?
“Why did it go wrong? Because I decided bad. I refuse to go further than that.
“All that I have to say, I will say directly to the players.”
Tottenham are next in action against minnows Mura in the UEFA Europa Conference League on Thursday night.
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