uno Espirito Santo took responsibility for Tottenham’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Sunday, admitting he made “bad decisions” and his game plan didn’t work.
Arsenal took a 3-0 lead after 35 minutes thanks to goals from Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka, as they made their way through Spurs midfield and used their statuesque defense at will.
Nuno introduced Oliver Skipp and Emerson Royal at the break and Spurs improved with Heung-min Son scoring a consolation goal and Lucas Moura hitting the crossbar late.
But the manager admitted he was to blame for a third consecutive top-flight derby loss, leaving him under pressure after just six league games in charge.
“A lot of things have gone wrong, starting with the decisions I made,” Nuno said.
“The game plan didn’t work. I am very honest. If the game plan didn’t work out the way you wanted it to, it’s because you didn’t make it right.
“I decided badly, I didn’t make the right decisions. And I refuse to go much further than that. It is my responsibility. Whatever I have to say, I will tell the players among us. Because we [we] must solve the problem.
“First of all, we have to recover mentally and physically for the next one. Then we have to make better decisions, work harder and find the right decision. We started off very well with a clear idea and lost it.
“We must assume [responsibility] and we realize that we have lost it. It takes too long for us to get back to the things we want to do and the things we want to become as a team. We want to be a fast, stronger, solid, dominant team. We are not that team.
“This is how me and my coaching team work. First of all to recover the players mentally and physically, to help them find the right solutions so that they better develop the way we want to play football.
“We’ve been in football too long to realize that the positives of a second half in this game are all but lost. This thought that if we hit a goal early in the second half, maybe we can react and go for it. It didn’t happen, but all the positives are very fragile in terms of the analysis we should be doing.
Despite a rudderless display in the first half, Nuno refused to criticize his players in public and promised fans Spurs would work hard to improve, with Aston Villa visiting north London next weekend after a Europa Conference League group match at home against Mura of Slovenia on Thursday.
“I will not judge my players in front of you [the media]”Nuno said.” I refuse to do this.
“Of course I have a message [for supporters]. A message that we are disappointed because today was a special match for all of us, for our fans, and we did not reach the standards that our fans deserve.
“So my message is that I promise we’ll try to fix it. The only message we can say in words. Then it’s work. What I expect, what I want is a totally different game in the next one.