A humiliating 3-1 loss to fierce north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday made it three consecutive Premier League defeats for Spurs, but the alarming statistics don’t end there
Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is suffering further humiliation as his Spurs side are creating history for all the wrong reasons.
Following a promising start, Nuno’s men were sitting atop the Premier League after winning their opening three matches 1-0, but that picture has quickly changed.
And now, perhaps the most damning statistic so far has been revealed, piling the pressure on to Tottenham ’s recently-appointed Portuguese head coach.
Last weekend’s defeat means Spurs have gone from top of the league to now being overtaken by the team bottom of the league (Arsenal) within three games.
With pressure mounting, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have recently requested an urgent meeting with Daniel Levy and the club’s chiefs amid growing concerns over the club’s “current direction”.
“I’ve been told [the philosophy] and everybody knows,” Nuno told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s football, everybody wants to play good. Everybody wants to play offensively, everybody wants to score. This is what we chase.
“Sometimes it’s not possible but we are aware that this is what we want to do but it takes a building process to achieve it and we are trying.
“The criticism is normal. Everybody knows how this industry works. When you don’t play good, when you don’t perform and results don’t go your way, criticism is something you have to deal with. We understand it and it’s up to us to react and change it.”
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Nuno’s side currently rank 20th in the Premier League for both shots and chances created in the league this season and are the Premier League team with the least distance covered.
Despite growing concerns from the Spurs faithful, Nuno insists there is no need to panic.
“I’m not worried about the judgement. What I’m worried about is how we can play better,” the Spurs boss declared.
“The judgement, the criticism and the opinion is all part of the game and we have to deal with that. That doesn’t interfere with the way we work. It can only distract us. My focus is on how we can improve.
“In terms of the fans, now is not the moment to ask them. Of course, we need them, we need their support because the players and the team need the support of the fans, but it’s not a moment to ask them.
“It’s a moment to deliver. We have to give them a team that is solid and playing good and then things will go back to normal.”
Nuno’s men will be hoping to bounce back as they welcome NS Mura of Slovenia to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, searching for a first win in normal time since a 1-0 triumph over Watford in the Premier League on August 29.
Attention then turns back to the Premier League, where the north Londoners will be hoping to stop the rot when Aston Villa visit on Sunday.