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Nuno Santo explains decision to bring on Kane, Son and Lucas against Mura

Tottenham manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, has explained the reasoning behind his controversial decision to bring on Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Lucas Moura against Mura last night.

Spurs eventually ran out 5-1 winners against the Slovenian side. A Kane hat-trick, pretty much doing the talking itself in terms of why Santo introduced his star men.

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Naturally, though, some Tottenham fans were concerned at the time over the triple sub. Given Mura were sub-standard opposition, there was a feeling that it was risky to bring on Spurs’ key men.

But Santo, speaking to Football.London following the game, explained that he made the call simply because the game needed it at the time.

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“I think the game needed. In the best way, the best way was to have the players on the pitch and they bought the energy the team needed definitely in that moment,” Santo explained.

“The team needed the energy and it was good. It was good for the team and good for everybody. Today was important to perform the way we did. A good result and this way we recover better and prepare for the next one better. A lot of positives.”

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Santo probably fancied Kane to get a goal but he’s in dreamland with his striker netting three. It was just what Kane needed, and should breed confidence in the future.

Of course, Mura weren’t great. But that doesn’t matter here. Kane got his goals and crucially, Santo made a big call and got his rewards.

The Tottenham manager has been under pressure already. A big win, in addition to making the right substitutions last night, can only benefit him.

In the short-term, at least.

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