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Nuno Espirito Santo provides Tottenham team news ahead of Vitesse clash

Nuno Espirito Santo provides Tottenham team news ahead of Vitesse clash

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Tottenham are set to face Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

Ahead of the clash head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has talked to the press and provided the latest team news.

In Wednesday’s training session, couple of Spurs players were missing: Emerson Royale, Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Sergio Reguilon, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane.

In his press conference, Nuno was asked whether it’s the reason players staying at Hotspur Way due to Ian Cathro recently becoming a father, as he replied:

“That’s not the reason. We worked today and prepared the team that will start tomorrow. Then we had a good training session with the players who are going to stay.


“Ian is going to stay. He has a beautiful baby but that’s not the reason he will stay.


“It’s a squad and we have to make decisions, who will stay, who needs a rest and to recover. All of these decisions.


“It’s not about that [not caring about the competition]. If you’re always thinking about the risk you cannot decide. It’s about trying to analyse and seeing what’s best for us this week and next week when we have another midweek game. We respect all competitions.”

Spurs boss also provided update on Steven Bergwijn fitness:

“Stevie started the season very, very well. Unfortunately he got injured in the national team and since then he’s been struggling but he’s now getting back.


“It’s about getting him stronger, fitter and faster and he’s a very talented player. He’s very unique inside our squad and he can give us a lot. We need Stevie. I repeat myself, we need Stevie.


“He’s going to start the game, he’s going to play. He’s feeling good so now play good. Be Stevie.”

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