Nuno says Tottenham's 'many problems' can't be solved in training

Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham’s ‘many problems’ can’t be solved on the training ground amid hectic schedule as he urges mis-firing players to deliver during games as they head to Wolves in the Carabao Cup

  • Tottenham have lost their last two league games 3-0 amid collapse in form
  • Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lost heavily to Chelsea in their last match on Sunday
  • They head to Wolves on Wednesday night in third round of the Carabao Cup
  • Nuno admits his team have ‘many problems’ but little time to work in training
  • Busy schedule has left manager urging his players to fix things during games 

Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham do not have time to solve their ‘many problems’ in training and must use matches to improve, as they face Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Nuno complained about their lack of wins, levels of performance and absent players, with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn currently doubts for Sunday’s north London derby.

Tottenham started the Premier League season well, with three consecutive 1-0 wins, but have since struggled, losing 3-0 in back-to-back league games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea. 

An unimpressed Nuno Espirito Santo during Tottenham’s 3-0 home loss to Chelsea on Sunday

It was a torrid afternoon for Tottenham as they lost heavily at home to their London rivals

‘We don’t have too much time on the training ground,’ Nuno said. ‘Let’s use the competition and let’s manage our squad.

‘I’m aware of what’s happening. With all my respects I think I’m very clear. We are on it. We are working hard. We are aware that we have problems we have to improve on.’

Nuno batted away every question on Harry Kane, especially those about why he was operating so far away from the opposition box. 

Instead the Tottenham manager would only give generic answers, saying Kane’s positioning was a ‘product of the team’.

The England captain was kept well-shackled by Chelsea as Spurs struggled going forward 

Statistics show a total of 77 other Premier League players have managed more touches in the opponents’ penalty area than the England striker.

‘That’s the past. Nothing that we can say or do in the future will change the past,’ Nuno said. ‘What we have to do with the past is put it behind our heads and put it in the present.

‘We have to find the process inside of the team,’ the Spurs boss added on Kane. ‘It’s all the players. All the players. We have to tell them and find solutions and find the best way.

‘Previous game, Harry started on the left, really high and things went good. Unfortunately we were not able to score. We had chances to do so. We are trying to reinvent, recreate situations which can improve our football and our game. Harry is part of the team.’

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