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Spurs manager Nuno Santo says one set-piece changed the game against Chelsea

Spurs manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, has explained where he feels the game changed in Chelsea’s favour yesterday, as his side lost 3-0 at home.

Spurs were well in the game at half-time and had limited the Blues to nothing but half-chances in the main. They’d also threatened themselves on occasions.

However, a limp second-half showing and the introduction of Ngolo Kante seemed to change the game in Chelsea’s favour. Indeed, many onlookers believed the decision by Tuchel to bring Kante on was the game changer.

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But Santo, speaking to Football.London after the game, believed that it was a simple set-piece, rather than Kante, that actually changed the game.

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“I think the change of the game was a set-piece. After that it became really hard for us to get back into the game. The goal we conceded, we started chasing a result and with the quality of players that Chelsea have they create problems, straight balls, running in behind and that is the main reason,” Santo told Football.London.

“We are going to analyse. There is lots of things we have to look at. But the first impression is the way we conceded really punished us after all the energy we put into the first half.”

TBR’s View: Spurs need to manage the big moments

In fairness to Chelsea, they probably could have scored more than they did against Spurs yesterday. Especially in the last few minutes of the game.

For Spurs, they simply have to be more resolute and manage the big moments in games. Whether that be taking a chance, or winning a big header from a set-piece.

Thiago Silva simply wanted it more when he headed Chelsea in front. If Spurs want to challenge for Europe, then those are the sort of big moments that will need to change.

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