‘We have a lot to improve on’: Nuno Espirito Santo admits his Tottenham side need to be more consistent after COLLAPSING in the second half against Chelsea to lose 3-0
- Tottenham played well to go in 0-0 at half-time against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea
- But Thiago Silva scored four minutes into the second half, sparking a collapse
- N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger added the second and third for the Blues
- And Nuno Espirito Santo was concerned about the drop-off after the interval
Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted Tottenham have a lot to improve on after an uninspiring second-half showing saw them lose 3-0 against Chelsea.
Spurs played very well and were strong and competitive against the European champions until half-time, the teams going in for the break at 0-0.
But after the interval Thiago Silva’s 49th-minute goal sparked a collapse, and the Portuguese told Sky Sports his side need to be more consistent.
Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted Tottenham have a lot to improve on after a 3-0 loss v Chelsea
Spurs played well initially but Thiago Silva’s 49th minute goal sparked a second-half collapse
He said: ‘I’m disappointed. It was a game of two halves clearly. The first half was fantastic, we competed very well, were the better team and controlled things. For 50 minutes we held on before the first goal but after that the game changed. It was very hard for us. Chelsea are a good team and created us many problems.
‘I don’t know if we surprised them but we needed to start the match really strong and we did that. We did good pressing, recovering the ball and creating good situations. The plan was to score. There were chances to do it, we didn’t do it.
‘It was a set-piece. The goal was really disappointing. After that, we struggled to regain control of the game. Chelsea are organised, have experience and it was very hard for us.
And Nuno called on his side to be more consistent after a disappointing loss on Sunday night
‘Since we started, we have a lot of things to improve on. Even with good results and good performances we are aware we have a lot to improve on and a long way to go. We keep believing. The boys are working hard and we keep pushing. The first 45 minutes was huge for us. Now we have to sustain this level over the whole game.’
Brazilian defender Silva’s header from a corner came just four minutes after half-time, knocking the wind out of Tottenham’s sails.
N’Golo Kante then scored via the help of a massive deflection just before the hour, and centre half Antonio Rudiger put the gloss on the win and rubbed salt into the hosts’ wounds with a stoppage-time third.