Reality check for Spurs as they get humbled by Crystal Palace

By Archie Burkinshaw, Tottenham Hotspur writer

Well that's the honeymoon period well and truly over for Spurs as they were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace on Saturday. In defence of Nuno he was dealt an extremely tough hand with Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn, Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon all unavailable for this game. He then saw Dier limp off after 12 minutes and just to top it all off Spurs were reduced to ten men after Tanganga received a red card.

Player availability aside there were few redeeming features from this awful Tottenham performance, according to Opta, Tottenhams two shots is their lowest tally in a Premier League game since August 2005 (when they managed one in drawing 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers under Martin Jol), and they didn't register a single one in the first half. This match also marked the first time Kane, who was badly isolated throughout, completed 90 minutes in a Premier League game without having a shot or even a touch of the ball in the opposition penalty area.

The lack of creativity was incredibly worrying, Nuno opted to start a midfield three of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks who all failed to create any concrete chances, whilst Bryan Gil and Tanguay Ndombele (possibly the two most creative players in the squad) sat on the bench for the entirety of the game. In the final 20 minutes Spurs defensively, fell apart, giving away a sloppy penalty and two goals to debutant Odsonne Edouard.

It is going to be interesting to see Nuno's response to this test, unlike his predecessor Nuno did not blame the situation he found himself in, he stayed clear of excuses, simply stating the performance was not good enough. Nuno will have to get his available players ready for a massive week as they first travel to Rennes on Thursday before a huge home tie against unbeaten Chelsea on Sunday.

This will all have to be done with a makeshift defence after Dier left the dressing room on crutches, Tanganaga will be serving a suspension, and Romero and Sanchez will only be returning a day before the fixture against the European champions. According to Nuno, Son and Bergwijn should be available for Chelsea and he will certainly need them if his side are to stand any chance. This is no doubt Nuno's inevitable first big test, last season when Spurs faced adversity and pressure they crumbled, we now get to see if he is the man to change that.




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