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Nuno Espirito Santo feels his Tottenham side are improving their game despite going into Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at Burnley on the back of two successive defeats.
The start of the month was with victories over Aston Villa and Newcastle United after a dreadful September, however, Spurs lost last Thursday against Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League as the head coach elected to rest his strongest XI.
And now facing a must-win game away at Burnley in the cup as they aim to head into Saturday’s crunch fixture against Manchester United with a victory under their belt, Espirito Santo is well aware of the threat that the Clarets will pose his Spurs side at Turf Moor.
“It’s going to be a tough match like we expect because Burnley is a good team but it’s a good chance for us to improve, knowing that the Carabao Cup is an important competition for us,” Spurs boss said.
“We have to go game-by-game and then this game is a final. It’s a chance for us to improve our game, to compete well knowing that we have to manage some situations.
“We have players who need minutes, who deserve minutes, but it’s up to us to manage the situation of the players because what we want is to build a competitive team.
“Focusing only on the match tomorrow, we’re going to face a tough opponent, we know their characteristics – they are very physical, set pieces, aggressive – but at the same time I think we are improving our game.
“The possession has been much better, the dynamics have been much better but they are details that we only can achieve during the competition, so that’s why I tell you it’s very important for us to improve in the match, doing the things that we want, the things that we prepare and putting it on the pitch.”
While providing injury news Nuno revealed that Matt Doherty will be back, while Ryan Sessegnon is still absent.
“He’s back in the group, that’s good news. He’s going to be in the squad, but it’s up to us to decide the right moment to integrate all the players,” explained Espirito Santo.
“The only bad news that we have at this moment is Ryan Sessegnon, he’s not able to join us yet.”
Source – football.london