‘The game plan was not according to the players on the pitch’, says Nuno Espirito Santo, who gives honest assessment of Tottenham’s performance after defeat at Arsenal

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says that he takes responsibility for his side’s crushing north London derby defeat, adding that his game plan didn’t suit the players on the pitch.

Spurs were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, after being 3-0 down at half-time.

Nuno Espirito Santo admits that the defeat was his fault

And Nuno, who after a good start to the season, has seen his side concede three goals in each of their last three games, states that it was ‘not a good day’ for Spurs.

“The performance was not good,” Nuno told Sky Sports after the defeat.

“The game plan was not, the decisions were not good, so it wasn’t a good day for us. Definitely not a good day.

“When you have a game plan you have to make the right decision in terms of who you want on the pitch to develop that game plan.

Heung-min Son’s late goal was just a consolation for Tottenham

“I take responsibility because the decisions were not according to the game plan.

“I’m not going to tell individuals, but the game plan was not according to the players on the pitch.”

Nuno made three changes from his team’s 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, bringing in Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez, and Lucas Moura.

However, his changes couldn’t stop their local rivals from picking up all three points, which led to many questioning the Portuguese coach’s tactics.

Lucas Moura was back in the starting XI but couldn’t prevent the defeat

After playing a three-man defence during the vast majority of his time at Wolves, he has chosen to use a 4-3-3 since arriving at Tottenham.

And, when asked in his post-match press conference if he would consider changing his tactics or formation, he said: “Maybe. We have to make better decisions, work harder and find the right decision.

“We started very well with a clear idea but we lost it. We must assume and realise we lost it. It is taking us too much time to go back to the things we want to do and the things we want to become as a team.

“We want to be a team that is fast, stronger, solid, dominant. We are not being that team.

3-5-2 was Nuno’s preferred formation at Wolve
AFP

“This is how me and my coaching staff work. First, recover the players mentally and physically find them help them find the right solutions for them to develop better the way we want to play football.”

talkSPORT Selector

Play talkSPORT Selector and you could win big money

  • Win a share of £25,000+
  • Pick a Premier League team to win each week 
  • Entries cost £10
  • 18+, Please gamble responsibly, gambleaware.org
  • Sign up here