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None of the outfielders who started for Tottenham Hotspur against Newcastle United made the trip to play at Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League, although Nuno Espirito Santo rejected the suggestion that he would have two teams on his squad. .
Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele will remain in London instead of traveling to Holland, with coach Ian Cathro also staying in England to help them prepare for Sunday’s game against West Ham United.
When asked if it was fair to say that he now has a group of players for European football and one for the Premier League, Nuno replied: “No, that’s not fair to say. This is a situation that we have decided for this specific week. We considered it the best way to compete well tomorrow and to compete well on Sunday.
When asked if it was a risk, he replied, “No. It’s not about that. If somebody gets that interpretation, there’s nothing I can do.
“And when you decide to think about risk, if you always think about risk, you can’t decide. Decisions in life all come with risk.
“So it’s about trying to analyze and see what’s best for us in terms of process during the week and for the future.”
Tottenham are currently at the top of their Europa League Conference group with four points from two games, but are only ahead of Rennes, second on goal difference. Vitesse, who is currently sixth in the Dutch Eredivisie, could overtake Nuno’s side with a win at the GelreDome.
One of the players in the Tottenham squad is Steven Bergwijn, who left PSV Eindhoven in 2020, gets a glimpse of the opponents tonight.
He added: “When I was playing in Holland, Vitesse was always difficult to play, especially in their stadium.
“They love to play football and they always have good players. It won’t be an easy game, but we are Tottenham so we have to win and I think we have enough quality.”
Full team news on the way soon.