‘We played really good’ – Nuno praises Tottenham after 3-2 win at Newcastle
Follow all the action as Vitesse Arnhem host Tottenham in the Europa Conference League tonight.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s escaped with a draw in their opening Group G game against Rennes, however, they recovered with an emphatic victory last time out in Europe, thrashing NS Mura 5-1 as Harry Kane scored a second-half hat-trick. That result left Spurs joint top of the group after two games, with only the winner of the group guaranteed automatic progression to the last-16.
However, Nuno has opted to use the fixture as a chance to heavily rotate his side, with the head coach confirming none of the outfield players who started Spurs’ 3-2 victory against Newcastle at the weekend have even travelled to Holland. He insists, though, that it is not an unnecessary risk: “No. It’s not about that. If someone gets that interpretation, I cannot do anything. And when you decide to think about the risk, if you always think about the risk, you cannot decide. Decisions in life, all of them have risk,” he said. “We respect all the competitions, we respect all the games. And we consider that it’s better for us to start the players that are going to start, leave some players here, work, recover well, so we can be able to compete better on the Sunday.” Follow all the latest updates:
Letsch on GelreDome atmosphere
Thomas Letsch has backed Vitesse’s fans to bring a bouncing atmosphere to the GelreDome tonight as a boost to his players as they prepare to face Tottenham.
Michael Jones21 October 2021 17:24
Nuno defends Tottenham selection policy for Europa Conference League
Nuno has confirmed that none of the outfield players who started last weekend’s 3-2 win at Newcastle will travel to Holland for Thursday night’s game, instead staying in London to train with Sunday’s trip to West Ham in mind.
Michael Jones21 October 2021 17:19
Vitesse are currently on a record-breaking run, having found the net in six consecutive European matches for the first time.
Their last 12 goals were scored by nine different players. Only Maximilian Wittek (three) and Matúš Bero (two) have scored more than once during this period.
Michael Jones21 October 2021 17:13
Tonight’s venue: The GelreDome
Vitesse’s home ground is situated in Arnhem, a city east of Rotterdam and located in the South-Eastern part of the Netherlands.
Their stadium, the GelreDome, sold out for the first time in years for tonight’s confrontation with Tottenham and the regular capacity of 21,248 has been expanded to approximately 24,000.
Michael Jones21 October 2021 17:08
Tottenham’s winning ways
Tottenham are unbeaten in three games across all competitions since a 3-0 defeat to North London rivals Arsenal in the Premier League back in September.
Over those three games Spurs have scored 10 goals and conceded just four. Last weekend they came from behind at St. James’ Park to defeat Newcastle 3-2 and have built up an air of confidence after a rocky start to the season.
Can they continue their winning run this evening?
Michael Jones21 October 2021 17:03
Frederiksen on Spurs
Vitesse striker Nikolai Baden Frederiksen is looking forward to facing Tottenham tonight and hopes his team can somehow get a result against the former Champions League finalists. He told Vitesse TV:
Michael Jones21 October 2021 16:59
‘A good opportunity’
Despite all the changes Tottenham’s starting XI is fairly strong. Excluding Dane Scarlett and Pierluigi Gollini most of the starting XI have made regular appearances in the Premier League and Nuno Espirito Santo spoke in the build-up about some of them taking this chance to find some form.
He picked out Steven Bergwijn by name saying: “This is a good opportunity for him to get sharper and stronger, we will need him in the future.”
Michael Jones21 October 2021 16:54
Team changes: Vitesse vs Tottenham
Thomas Letsch makes one change to his Vitesse team that started against Rennes last time out on the Europa Conference League as Yann Gboho drops out and is replaced in the forward line by Oussama Darfalou.
Nuno Espirito Santo changes his entire team from the weekend. There are six returning players that featured in the last ECL match against Mura with Pierluigi Gollini returning in goal and a front four of Bryan Gil, Dele Alli, Steven Bergwijn and Dane Scarlett.
Michael Jones21 October 2021 16:51
Line-ups: Vitesse vs Tottenham
Vitesse XI: Schubert; Doekhi, Bazoer, Rasmussen; Dasa, Bero, Tronstad, Wittek; Baden Frederiksen, Darfalou, Openda
Tottenham XI: Gollini; Tanganga, Sanchez, Rodon, B. Davies; Lo Celso, Winks; Bryan Gil, Alli, Bergwijn; Scarlett
Michael Jones21 October 2021 16:42
Lots of changes from Nuno
Tottenham boss, Nuno Espirito Santo, has left all of the outfield players who started in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Newcastle at home and they won’t be playing a part in tonight’s game.
When asked if he was taking a gamble, Nuno replied: “No. It’s not about that. It’s about trying to analyse and see what is better for us in terms of our process during the week and for the future.”
Meanwhile Vitesse manager, Thomas Letsch, doesn’t see any advantage in playing against a team missing many of its big names, according to De Gelderlander.
“Spurs have 25 top players to choose from,” he said. “I see no advantage at all in coming up against their so-called second string. The players who we face tonight will be eager to prove themselves. They want to get into the normal starting XI.”
Michael Jones21 October 2021 16:37