Jamie Carragher raises string of doubts over Nuno Espirito Santo as Sp…

Nuno Espirito Santo is under mounting pressure at Tottenham Hotspur (Picture: Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher has poured doubt over Nuno Espirito Santo’s role as Tottenham Hotspur manager, saying he doesn’t feel like a perfect fit and some of the tactics shown in defeat to Arsenal were ‘unbelievable’.

Spurs were beaten 3-1 by the Gunners on Sunday at the Emirates after a terrible first half performance saw them slip three goals behind in just 34 minutes.

That was partly down to Tottenham’s bizarre tactics which saw their midfielders almost thoroughly evacuate the midfield area, leaving Arsenal an incredible amount of space.

Carragher said he has never seen anything like it and thought it was so strange that the players must have been told to take up those locaiongs by their manager.

‘One minute into the game: Dele Alli, Ndombele and Hojbjerg are the midfield players, and they are not in midfield locaiongs,’ Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

‘The only reason you’d stand there (Alli and Ndombele up front and Hojberg thorough), is if your manager has told you to go there.

‘They wanted to go direct, but who to? already if you win the ball, you need someone behind you to pick up second balls, but Dele Alli was on the same line as Harry Kane.

‘When you look at the space in midfield, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it in my life.

‘Where would you want them? Surely not there. There’s less space on the moon than what you see in that midfield for Tottenham.

‘It’s truly unbelievable. The manager must have told them where to go: this is before the first goal. It was always going to happen.’

Tottenham looked ragged at Arsenal on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

Carragher does rate Nuno as a good manager, but feels that Spurs may be the wrong place for him, describing the Portuguese boss as ‘Jose Mourinho lite’.

‘I’ve seen this before one time at my own club with Roy Hodgson,’ Carragher continued. ‘He was a really good manager, and he is a really good manager, but he wasn’t the right manager for Liverpool.

‘I think the Spurs supporters already early on now are thinking: “Is Nuno a Tottenham manager?”

‘That was a bad one for Nuno. You’re never going to talk about managers after five or six games in a job.

Nuno will have to rethink his midfield strategy (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Nuno is a good manager, he proved that at Wolves. What I hope is he’s himself in the job. He’s seen as a pragmatic coach, a defensive coach.

‘They weren’t pragmatic enough in this game. I don’t know if that’s come because of ‘I’m at Tottenham now, people are saying I’m defensive, I’ve got to play more on the front foot.’

‘Be yourself. However long you stay in the job, at the minimum be yourself. It was almost like that wasn’t his kind of team. It doesn’t feel like a perfect fit, I must say that. It almost feels like Jose Mourinho lite.’


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