Nuno Espirito Santo now as fearful as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of losing his job as Tottenham prepares to host Manchester United in the battle of the fighters they must win.
- Nuno Espirito Santo is under pressure to save his job as Tottenham boss
- The Spurs have taken just six points out of a possible 15 and are struggling to stay in shape.
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also knows that defeat in the match could spell the end.
- Nuno eliminated Dele Alli and Harry Winks from his League Cup team midweek
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the only coach with clouds over his head.
Manchester United’s visit to Tottenham on Saturday is also critical for Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo as he tries to prove he’s the right man for his job.
Last week’s loss to West Ham has the critics out loud and with just six points out of 15 possible, Nuno desperately needs to add to Ole’s misery.
Nuno’s teams surprised this week when he eliminated former England midfielders Dele Alli and Harry Winks from his midweek squad for the League Cup tie in Burnley. It was a job done when the Spurs won, but he clearly wants more from the pair.
Nuno Espirito Santo is under the microscope this weekend with Tottenham faltering
The Tottenham coach did not mention any players directly, but told any of their annoying stars that they should try to “change the coach’s mind and idea” if they are left out.
Nuno said that ‘there is nothing to worry about’ regarding the couple and any personal issues will be resolved behind closed doors.
And he added: ‘What we want is for all the players to be involved and committed. Commitment is very important.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will share the touchline with Nuno, also desperately craving a win
They have to make a conscious effort that I have to go back from the beginning of the week to change the coach’s opinion and idea. Is that how it works. Unfortunately, that’s not what is always happening. ‘
Meanwhile, Nuno has called for more respect to be shown to his counterpart Solskjaer. Nuno said: ‘He deserves all the respect because every time I was with Ole, and we have faced each other many times, he is a wonderful person. A respectful man. And I really admire him. ‘
But Nuno is also under scrutiny. “My focus is on what I can control and what I can impact,” he said. ‘It’s in the players when we are together, the work we do, the hours we spend here on the training ground.
‘If you focus on that (the pressure), it will also go to your house while you keep thinking,’ What should I do the next day? ‘
“Keep focusing on what you think and ignore the noise.”
Tottenham continue to recover from their recent loss to London rivals West Ham United
Nuno won’t need any warning about the threat Cristiano Ronaldo will pose to his side, having had the first-hand experience of facing United’s number 7.
Nuno said: “I am proud to say that I was part of the team (of the Eurocopa de Portugal 2008). I was already on vacation when they called me. (Portugal goalkeeper) Quim was injured and the euros were already in play when I joined. He and I knew each other very well but Ronaldo in training is very difficult for a goalkeeper.
“When at the end of the session he asks you to stay behind so he can take some shots on goal, you know he is going to score 10 out of eight. Ronaldo for all Portuguese is something we are very proud of. ”
Meanwhile, Christian Eriksen is expected to leave Inter Milan after Italian sanitary regulations effectively prohibited him from playing in Serie A.
The former Tottenham midfielder was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland in June.
Nuno looks for a great response from his players to turn around a faltering season