Tottenham players still fully behind Nuno Espirito Santo, says Oliver Skipp as pressure mounts on new boss

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Tottenham players still fully behind Nuno Espirito Santo, says Oliver Skipp as pressure mounts on new boss
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Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp insists the squad is fully behind under-pressure head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

Nuno can scarcely afford another poor result at home to Aston Villa on Sunday after three consecutive derby defeats in the top-flight, culminating in last weekend’s dismal display at Arsenal, for which the Portuguese accepted the blame.

Skipp, who has been a regular this season after spending last-term on loan at Championship winners Norwich, admits performances have not been good enough but insists the players take full responsibility and remain behind the boss.

“As a group we are fully aware that the last few games we haven’t been at our best, but we are definitely still behind the manager and trying to implement the stuff we are working on,” Skipp said.

“It was always going to take time coming into this environment but everyone is definitely behind the manager.

“As players we take responsibility for the performances on the pitch, we know that we weren’t at our best in the last few games but we also know at the start of the season there were signs of what we need to do and the work the manager has put in.

“OK, we had a few bad results, but we have stayed positive and knew that it was a long process and that things were going to take time and that will come with time.”

Nuno’s tactical acumen has been questioned after a dour start to the season which has left Spurs as the Premier League’s least effective team in a number of key metrics, while his systems in the defeats to Crystal Palace and Arsenal were particularly poor.

Skipp, though, says he is learning a lot from the former Wolves boss and highlighted Nuno’s communication on the training ground as a particular positive.

“First and foremost the trust he has given me to play a lot of minutes so far [is important],” said the 21-year-old.

“But also I feel he is very concise with his instructions on the training field.

“A lot of his work is done on the training field whereas perhaps other managers may be more video related, but I think there is definitely added to my game.

“For example [I’ve been] trying to stay a bit more central, for turnovers when we lose the ball I am the shield for the defence. Just little things like that, like with my positioning. He is a manager that I can definitely learn off and improve my game.”

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