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Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham was the BEST TEAM despite toothless display against West Ham

Nuno Espirito Santo, under fire, makes a strange claim that his Tottenham team was the BEST TEAM against West Ham despite his team’s toothless display in another London derby.

  • Nuno Espirito Santo insists Tottenham was the ‘best team’ against West Ham
  • Michail Antonio scored the winning goal for West Ham in a 1-0 win over rivals Spurs
  • It was another toothless display for the Spurs in their fourth derby loss this season.


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Nuno Espirito Santo rejected accusations that Tottenham were too negative against West Ham despite their latest toothless display of losing a fourth consecutive London derby.

The Spurs boss made the bizarre claim that his team was the best team despite struggling to create clear chances, as Michail Antonio’s second-half goal continued the Hammers’ positive start to the season.

But the loss, particularly the form of the loss, raises more questions about the direction Tottenham is headed with Nuno.

Nuno Espirito Santo insists his Tottenham was the 'best team' against West Ham

Nuno Espirito Santo insists his Tottenham was the ‘best team’ against West Ham

President Daniel Levy promised fans a coach who would implement an offensive football style more in line with the club’s progressive traditions following the removal of José Mourinho, whose pragmatic approach infuriated fans.

But not for the first time this season, Tottenham were flattered and decisive in the attacking third, although Heung-min’s son and Harry Kane missed two good chances in the first half.

However, Nuno refused to throw his team under the bus after another disappointing afternoon.

When asked directly if he felt his side struggled creatively, Nuno replied, ‘No. I think the team must be balanced. Be balanced in terms of the presence of the players. Besides being good players, they give us the balance that the team needs. And we have enough creativity with our wingers, our attackers. I do not agree with you ‘.

Michail Antonio got Harry Kane out of the way to tap on Aaron Cresswell's looped cross.

Michail Antonio got Harry Kane out of the way to tap on Aaron Cresswell's looped cross.

Michail Antonio got Harry Kane out of the way to tap on Aaron Cresswell’s looped cross.

Antonio uncorked one of his crazy celebrations when West Ham beat their rival Tottenham

Antonio uncorked one of his crazy celebrations when West Ham beat their rival Tottenham

Antonio uncorked one of his crazy celebrations when West Ham beat their rival Tottenham

When asked why his team struggled to create opportunities, Nuno replied: ‘Because West Ham defend in the area with a lot of men.

“There wasn’t a lot of space and we should have moved the ball faster and went into wide areas. But it is always difficult when the team and all the men are behind the ball, it is difficult to find spaces and gaps ”.

The result and performance were particularly disappointing as Nuno made 11 changes from the team that lost to Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday: all players who started at London Stadium stayed in London midweek to prepare for the clash against West Ham.

In fact, Harry Winks, who started out in Europe, wasn’t even on the bench against the Hammers. In hindsight, Nuno may feel like he could have done it with the technical attributes of the midfielder in midfield as his team struggled to bring down West Ham.

The Spurs struggled to muster the enthusiasm to fight for the tie at the London Stadium.

The Spurs struggled to muster the enthusiasm to fight for the tie at the London Stadium.

The Spurs struggled to muster the enthusiasm to fight for the tie at the London Stadium.

It was another toothless display for the Spurs, as they lost a fourth straight London derby.

It was another toothless display for the Spurs, as they lost a fourth straight London derby.

It was another toothless display for the Spurs, as they lost a fourth straight London derby.

But once again, Nuno refuted claims that his fully rested starting XI lacked freshness, adding: ‘I disagree. I think all the players worked really hard and were available to deal with the game.

‘Where did it go wrong? The way we conceded. But apart from the fact that I think we played a good game, we had possession, we had control of the game, we created, in addition to West Ham’s counterattacks, we didn’t allow many situations.

‘We should be better in the offensive area, the possibility of being aggressive at that point in the game. This is my thought.

“It’s always frustrating, a London derby that we know means a lot to our fans, it means a lot to us and we couldn’t win it. I’m disappointed because it hurts, I know it hurts.

“There aren’t too many positives, but when you lose a game like that, I think we were a better team.”

Successive defeats against Vitesse and the Hammers are a blow to Nuno's hopes of a turnaround.

Successive defeats against Vitesse and the Hammers are a blow to Nuno's hopes of a turnaround.

Successive defeats against Vitesse and the Hammers are a blow to Nuno’s hopes of a turnaround.

Meanwhile, after an excellent victory that propelled West Ham to fourth place, David Moyes said: ‘We are growing characters. If you look at where these guys were two or three years ago, they have all blossomed.

‘The club is flourishing. That comes from the equipment and it comes from inside the building. All those players are improving together and it is something very important.

“I am satisfied with today because there was resistance in the team. Patience is a good word for today, lots of good performances and all the credit to the players for how they continue to grow. ‘

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