Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo insists he was briefed on the club’s philosophy when he took the helm this summer and is determined to win over the fans.
Spurs have lost three consecutive Premier League games to London rivals Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal after their prolonged search for a new manager ended with Nuno’s appointment in June.
They led the league after winning their first three matches 1-0, but rank 20th out of 20 in shots and chances created this season, and have also covered less distance than any other team.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) recently requested a meeting with the club’s board to discuss their “short and long-term strategic vision”, but Nuno remains confident performance will improve.
“We told me [the philosophy] and everyone knows it, “he told reporters on Wednesday.” It’s football, everyone wants to play well. Everyone wants to play offensively, everyone wants to score. This is what we are pursuing.
“Sometimes it’s not possible but we are aware that this is what we want to do but it takes a building process to get there and we try.
“Criticism is normal. Everyone knows how this industry works. When you don’t play well, when you don’t play and the results don’t go your way, criticism is something you have to deal with. understand and it’s up to us to react and change it. “
Spurs face Slovenia’s NS Mura in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, hoping for their first normal win since a 1-0 Premier League win over Watford on August 29.
Despite fans’ concern, Nuno insists there is no reason to panic.
“I’m not worried about the judgment. What worries me is how we can play better,” he said.
“Judgment, criticism and opinion are all part of the game and we have to face it. It doesn’t interfere with the way we work. It can only distract us. I focus on how we can we to improve.
“As for the fans, now is not the time 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 now is not the time to ask them.
“It’s a time to deliver. We have to give them a strong and well-performing team and then things will get back to normal.”
Merson says: Nuno in danger
After Tottenham’s 3-1 loss to North London rivals Arsenal last weekend, Paul Merson explains why he is so worried about new club manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
“Spurs were playing like this (counter-attacker) last season, but no one was in the crowd so they could get away with it,” Merson said.
“I’ve always loved Nuno and thought he would get a top job, but there are ways to get beaten in football and these players weren’t running through a brick wall for him on Sunday. this is where the worry begins …
“This (the North London Derby) is the fans’ game, that’s it and no matter how good a manager you are you can be the best manager in the world, but it all depends on the players – don’t let anyone tell you that it is the manager.
“If the players want someone to come out they are out – one more game like that and Nuno is gone, Spurs won’t be kidding, they can’t have that.”
Fears grow over Nuno’s Spurs style
Adam Bate from Sky Sports:
Nuno Espirito Santo was Premier League manager of the month for August after taking Tottenham to the top of the table, but September has been miserable. If the competition had started after the transfer window closed, Spurs would be down.
“His side have now conceded three goals in three consecutive London derbies, but there has been nothing worse than that. Overwhelmed by an Arsenal side with clearly more effort and enterprise, Spurs had the look so passive at Emirates Stadium.
“It’s the kind of performance the fans will never accept.
“A glance at the Premier League table gives you a bit of perspective. Six games on the line and they have a record identical to Arsenal’s. But the contrast between the teams was marked on Sunday. The youthful exuberance of the Gunners: Tottenham’s turgid efforts.
“The problem for Nuno is that he arrived as a man needing to address his concerns. There were fears about his style of play – and remember that is part of his remit, like the said President Daniel Levy “These fears will only increase given the nature of this defeat.