Nuno Espirito Santo reflects on Tottenham Hotspur's win over Wolves
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Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be keen to get a result against bitter rivals Arsenal after being on the wrong end of back-to-back 3-0 hidings in the Premier League. A penalty shootout victory over Wolves will have lifted spirits in midweek, and the return of Lucas Moura from an injury layoff could give Spurs an added boost. Express Sport takes a look at how Nuno is likely to set out his side on Sunday:
Goalkeeper – Lloris
Pierluigi Gollini arrived from Atalanta this summer to put pressure on Hugo Lloris in goal.
That same model has worked for the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, who have both seen goalkeepers up their game as a result.
Gollini got the nod on Wednesday, leading his team through a penalty shootout, but he is not yet at the point of displacing the vastly experienced World Cup-winning captain in Lloris.
Defence – Tanganga, Romero, Dier, Reguilon
Emerson Royal has not made the most convincing start at right-back since sealing his summer switch from Barcelona.
Japhet Tanganga is defensively astute and gave Raheem Sterling a tough match-up in their opening game of the season, so could get the nod against the Gunners.
Davinson Sanchez poses the greatest threat to Cristian Romero and Eric Dier’s spots at the back, while Sergio Reguilon is still as lively as ever and should return after Ben Davies was given a run-out in midweek.
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Midfield – Hojbjerg, Skipp, Lo Celso
Dele Alli could also be pushing to start in midfield, but Nuno is likely to favour solidity in a crunch tie against the Gunners.
Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg can both provide that in spade-loads, allowing Giovani Lo Celso to push on and link attacks if he is dropped back into midfield.
The Argentine had been filling in as part of the front-three in Lucas Moura’s absence, and although Tanguy Ndombele had enjoyed a run in midfield, his prior fitness issues could suggest that three matches in a row is a stretch.
Attack – Lucas, Kane, Son
Brazilian Lucas Moura is set to make his comeback after a spell on the sidelines, and a return to the starting line-up is made all the more likely in light of Steven Bergwijn’s continued absence.
His relentless energy on the right flank could be invaluable for Spurs if his opposite number, Kieran Tierney, gets adventurous from full-back.
Heung-min Son and Harry Kane have spent years developing a devastating partnership, although they are yet to show it in full flow this campaign.
In fact, Kane is yet to hit top gear since his summer was marred by consistent rumours linking him to Manchester City. A good performance could put those firmly behind him.
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