Tottenham Hotspur

Nuno Espirito Santo takes positives from Tottenham's 3-0 defeat to Chelsea

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Nuno saw his side slip to defeat in the London derby
Nuno saw his side slip to defeat in the London derby / JUSTIN TALLIS/Getty Images

Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has insisted that there were positives to take from his side's 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.

Spurs started brightly but the tides turned when N'Golo Kante was introduced at the expense of Mason Mount at half-time. After this Chelsea took control of things, with goals from Thiago Silva, Kante himself and a late strike from Antonio Rudiger seeing them win comfortably.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Nuno chose to remain positive, saying: "We're disappointed. The first half was very good. The game had two halves, clearly.

"In the first half I think we competed really well. We were the better team, in control, pressing high and creating situations. For 50 minutes we held on, until the first goal. After that the game changed, it became very hard for the boys, very hard for us.

"Chelsea are a good team, good in possession, created many problems. But in the first half, if there are any positives."

Nuno set up his side to press Chelsea's back three high and when asked whether the tactic caught their opposition off guard he said:

"I don't know if they were surprised but the idea was that clearly we needed to start the match really strong and we did it with really good pressing, recovering the ball, creating situations and the plan was to score.

"There was a chance, chances to do it but like I said to you, the first half - fantastic."

The result means Spurs have now gone three games without a victory, losing to Crystal Palace last weekend before stuttering to a 2-2 draw with Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

They will be hoping to return to winning ways next Sunday when they face Arsenal in a mouth-watering north London derby at the Emirates Stadium.