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Nuno: Spurs being top doesn´t mean anything

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 Aug 2021

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Nuno Espirito Santo says being top of the Premier League “doesn’t mean anything” after Tottenham maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win over Watford.

Son Heung-min marked his 200th Premier League appearance by scoring with a free-kick that he surely intended as a cross in the first half at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

The South Korea forward’s goal move Spurs to the summit and made Nuno just the second boss to win each of his first three league games in charge in the London club’s history – Arthur Rowe being the first way back in 1949.

Tottenham have won their opening three matches in a league campaign without conceding a goal for the first time in their history, but Nuno – whose team have scored only three goals – is not getting carried away early in his reign.

Asked about being top heading into the international break, Nuno said: “That doesn’t mean anything at all, that doesn’t mean anything.

“I invite everybody, not only the players, but our fans to don’t pay attention to that. Don’t pay attention to that. Let’s keep on working, we still have a long way and a lot of aspects to improve on.”

Nuno was impressed with the way his side kept the Hornets at bay, but wants to see more ruthlessness up top – Spurs managing eight attempts on target in total.

He said: “What pleased me is when we could not kill the game, we had chances to do so, we didn’t lose our minds, we stick together, and we were compact, we did not allow too many chances to Watford.

“That was good. The balance between these two aspects was good, and in the end, the way we managed the game.

“Something I didn’t like: we should be more clinical, I think we had enough quality and talent players to kill the game.”

Nuno also suggested Argentine duo Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero would be travelling to South America for international duty, despite it meaning the duo would have to quarantine for 10 days on their return to the United Kingdom.

“We are trying to anticipate the damage, we are working on that,” said Nuno.

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