Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo has lifted the lid on Harry Kane’s seemingly strange performance against Chelsea.
Contrary to what was expected, Harry Kane was not the starting center-forward of Tottenham on Sundays 3-0 loss to Chelsea. Instead, the England captain started on the left with his co-striker Heung-Min Son in the front.
Even more noticeable, Kane was often shying away from the penalty box almost the entire game, a sight that sparked speculations that there must have been something wrong with either the forward or the instructions of Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Addressing the subject, Espirito Santo insisted that there’s nothing wrong with Kane’s game and the reason for the team’s downfall was the troubles with playmaking.
“We are not able to build enough situations is the problem that we have,” Espirito Santo told Football.london. “All individual situations that happen with the players – touches, actions – are a product of the team. Our main focus must and always be the team.”
Barring the back-to-back defeats, Tottenham had a pretty good start this season, having won three consecutive English Premier League matches. In the process, Espirito Santo even won the manager of the month award.
However, the Portuguese emphasized that win or lose, it’s not about him, Kane or anybody else as Tottenham is always about “us.”
“It is about ‘us’, not about ‘me’,” he said of Tottenham’s start. “It’s about ‘us’. We have to improve. We have to find the right way. We started well. When we are not doing well, criticism happens. It’s always going to happen, always going to be. So what do we have to do? Improve.”