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Tottenham fans react as Lucas Moura calls out Nuno's tactics during Sunday's NLD

Lucas Moura questioned the quantity of long balls as Tottenham suffered a 3-1 NLD defeat to Arsenal on Sunday – and Spurs fans have praised him.

Spurs were easily beaten as Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 first-half lead – Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka all scoring.

Son Heung-min got one back but Spurs, tactically, were poor. The usage of Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele was too attacking, leaving too many gaps.

Spurs looked to beat Arsenal’s high press by using the long ball. But the long ball did not stick; Ben White bullying Harry Kane – as per Jamie Carragher.

It left Tottenham’s midfield out of position, and allowing Arsenal’s pivot to tidy up and counter. Lucas bemoaned the direct style on Sunday.

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“In my opinion, there was so many long balls and we were not aggressive enough,” Lucas said. “But we will improve, we have the quality to do so.”

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NLD: What are Tottenham fans saying as Lucas questions tactics?

Well, they are appreciative of his honesty – that is for sure. Nuno got it all wrong, allowing the Arsenal midfield to dominate.

With the Arsenal defence taking advantage of an out-of-sorts Kane, and the midfield dominating – it gave Arsenal the platform to counter attack.

Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang and Saka all scored and it is testament to the defence and midfield – who gave the attackers the freedom to be expansive.

Tottenham played into Arsenal’s hands and it is back to the drawing board for Nuno. Enormous pressure is on his shoulders, with a big week ahead.

A Europa Conference League tie against Mura is followed by welcoming Villa to North London. Two wins are a must for the under-pressure gaffer.

Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to Lucas and his comments about Nuno’s tactics. Many agree with him, and thank him for speaking out.

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