With the ex-Wolves manager making the switch to London, What can we expect from Spurs under Nuno?
After playing managerial bingo this summer, having approached about 15 different targets and been turned away or rejected, Spurs finally settled on ex-Wolves man Nuno Espirito Santo. Rather underwhelming in my opinion. The club have been taking backwards steps ever since the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
Jose Mourinho, a serial winner, took charge following Poch reign. And within months the cracks began to show. The classic Mourinho moan was in full flow, arguing with his players and throwing them under the bus. It wasn’t long till the axe fell and he was out the door. Replaced by Ryan Mason as a stop-gap till the summer, Spurs were hoping to re-appoint Mauricio Pochettino, which would have been one of the craziest deals of the summer. However, Poch stayed put and is now managing one of the best to ever do it, I am sure he is thrilled.
Harry Kane has come out and said he wants to leave the club, and that left every manager Tottenham approached with a big decision, do I want to manage a Spurs team without Harry Kane? The majority decided no. Welcome, Nuno. Daniel Levy finally has his manager. Nuno led Wolves to 13th in the Premier League last campaign, which was deemed disappointing following the previous few years, one including European football. But what can he bring to this Spurs team?
Tottenham started with a bang by beating the current champions Manchester City 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. A huge result considering City were stern favourites and Spurs were without Kane, who subsequently wants a move to the Cityzens. Nuno ditched his famous 3-4-3 which he deployed at Wolves for the more common 4-2-3-1, an instant surprise. He showed no sign of mixing it up at Wolves over his whole time in charge.
Playing Heung-Min Son through the middle with Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura providing the width. Spurs had a fantastic counter-attacking threat. Dele Alli was back in his favoured role just in behind the strikers and put in an excellent shift both attacking and defensively. The team showed fight and spirit for 90 minutes to pick up a valuable 3 points. A tremendous start.
The following game saw Nuno returning to Molyneux to face his old club Wolves. It featured the same lineup as the City game, but a return for Kane on the substitutes bench. However, it was a performance that was largely dominated by the home side. Tottenham took the lead after a Dele Alli penalty in the 10th minute, and they proceeded to cling on to all 3 points. Wolves had the majority of the possession and had a fair few chances, but failed to capitalise. A stark contrast from the game v City.
Having read the social media backlash, the majority of Spurs fans were not impressed following the 0-1 win at wolves, stating “It was like watching Mourinho’s Spurs all over again”. Something no team needs to go through ever again! (Sorry AS Roma).
With it being early days, it really will be difficult to tell how well Nuno can get on at Tottenham. A huge factor will be if he gets to keep Harry Kane or not by the end of the window, and if not, will he have time to find any sort of replacement for arguably one of the best strikers in the world?
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So what to expect from Spurs under Nuno? I am not expecting big things from the lily whites this year. A top 6 finish is the best they can hope for. Underwhelming.
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