“We were the better team in the first half” – Tottenham boss reveals why they lost 3-0 to Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes his side had a fantastic first-half against Chelsea and collapsed after Thiago Silva scored for the Blues early in the second half.

N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger added the second and third for the Blues to secure a 3-0 victory for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur.

“We had to find solutions, since the beginning this has been our focus so that we can help players to perform and find partnerships,” said Nuno.

“We have had problems. There are a lot of reasons — a lack of time to work together. That’s the main reason. But honestly, the first half was really good. The energy, the attitude and the spirit. There is only one positive today, that was the first half.

“I’m disappointed. It was a game of two halves clearly. The first half was fantastic, we competed very well, were the better team and controlled things. For 50 minutes we held on before the first goal but after that the game changed. It was very hard for us. Chelsea are a good team and created us many problems.

“I don’t know if we surprised them but we needed to start the match really strong and we did that. We did good pressing, recovering the ball and creating good situations. The plan was to score. There were chances to do it, we didn’t do it.

“Since we started, we have a lot of things to improve on. Even with good results and good performances we are aware we have a lot to improve on and a long way to go. We keep believing. The boys are working hard and we keep pushing. The first 45 minutes was huge for us. Now we have to sustain this level over the whole game.”

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