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Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted that he has not been influenced by Daniel Levy’s wish for the team to play “free-flowing, attacking” football.
The Portuguese was appointed as Spurs boss in July after an exhaustive search for a new man in the hotseat after the sacking of Jose Mourinho back in April.
Levy addressed supporters in a public letter in May and insisted he would only appoint someone who would implement an attractive style, as he said:
“We are acutely aware of the need to select someone whose values reflect those of our great club and return to playing football with the style for which we are known – free-flowing, attacking and entertaining – whilst continuing to embrace our desire to see young players flourish from our Academy alongside experienced talent.”
In an interview with Sky Sports ahead of his side’s game against Newcastle, Nuno admitted he had not let Levy’s words affect his thinking.
“With all due respect, it is not what guides me,” he said. “What guides me are the players, how to improve them so that we can achieve what our fans want. Working with the players in a progressive way is what moves me.
“We value all the opinions and the DNA of the club. But the job is about what we have. I think everybody would love to play attacking, attractive football, whatever. But to achieve that you need time, you need consistency.
“The first thing is to be able to create some routine. You can see it when the players train over and over again. That is when you create habits. Our job has been hard in that aspect because we have not been able to maintain the work that we want to do.”
Spurs are set to face Newcastle on Sunday, as Premier Leagu action resumed after the international break.
Source – Daily and Sunday Express