Franck Kessie talks confirmed as Nuno Espirito Santo’s biggest Tottenham problem is exposed

Here’s all the news from around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Nuno transcript

The Spurs head coach faced the media following the 3-0 loss against Chelsea game and the main talking point from his press conference was about what went wrong in the second half.

“A lot of things. A lot of things. Starting from the way we conceded, it’s disappointing the way to concede, through a set piece,” Nuno Espirito Santo admitted. “Then after that it became really hard, really hard to get back in the game.

“Chelsea is a good team and in possession, they created us problems.

“Like you said, very good first half, very good. We competed really well, we played good football, we pressed high so we have the awareness that we have a lot of things we need to improve, but the awareness of the first half must stick with us so we can build on it.”

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Nuno exposed again

The Spurs boss named a rather attacking XI against Chelsea and took the game to Thomas Tuchel’s men, causing plenty of problems at times in north London as they battled well in the middle of the pitch and looked to push forward.

However, with the Blues bringing N’Golo Kante on at the break, Tottenham’s domination came to an end as a result.

That substitution turned the game in the Blues’ favour as they netted a quickfire double 12 minutes after the restart, before Antonio Rudiger added a third just before the final whistle.

Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with his Tottenham team's first-half display against Chelsea
Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased with his Tottenham team’s first-half display against Chelsea

It is now two weeks in a row that Spurs have capitulated in the second half, although the heavy defeat at Palace was not helped one bit by Japhet Tanganga’s sending off.

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It is something that needs to change at Tottenham and fast.

Click here to read what else Rob Guest spotted in the 3-0 defeat.

Kessie talks

Tottenham were interested in signing AC Milan’s Franck Kessie during the summer transfer window.

That was according to the midfielder’s agent Massimo Brambati, who has claimed in an interview with Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb Radio that the Ivorian had multiple suitors.

But Kessie ended up staying in Italy and with less than a year remaining on his contract, there’s a chance he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Frank Kessie has reportedly been 'overwhelmed' by Fabio Paratici's flattery. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Frank Kessie has reportedly been ‘overwhelmed’ by Fabio Paratici’s flattery. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

But Milan director Paolo Maldini has confirmed talks with the 24-year-old about extending his stay have already taken place and that he expects further meeting with the midfielder’s agent.

“We’ve been talking to Kessie’s agent for a year and a half,” he told DAZN, as per Fabrizio Romano.

“We had many meetings and we’ll have other opportunities to talk with him about Franck.”

Source by Football London

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