In full: Every word of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first interview as Tottenham manager

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New Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has addressed how his philosophy will fit in the club’s “DNA”, his plans for the squad and meeting new director of football Fabio Paratici in his first interview in the role.

Nuno's appointment on a two-year deal comes 72 days after Jose Mourinho was sacked and after the club held talks with former manager Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Hansi Flick, Erik ten Hag, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso.

There was no interest in Nuno upon confirmation of his Wolves exit, though Paratici pushed ahead with an approach after pulling out of talks with Fonseca and seeing interest in Gattuso end.

Read Nuno’s first interview as Spurs manager below...

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

First impressions

“It’s an enormous pleasure, an honour, a joy to be here.

“Obviously we had to start meetings with Fabio and the Board on Zoom, from a distance, but as soon as we started speaking to each other, we felt that we are in the same line, we are in the same mindset, so it went well.

“I’m happy and I’m looking forward to starting work. This is what it means. We don’t have any day to lose, we must start working immediately – pre-season starts in a couple of days.”

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

His philosophies as a coach

“Having a squad like Tottenham’s, you can only have one DNA, you can only think one way. We have to enjoy the game, we have to play the game. When you have a squad of quality, talented players like we have, the DNA is to make the fans proud, make them enjoy watching.

“This is our DNA, to make our fans proud of us. There is no question about it that that will happen. We’re going to make them proud and they’re going to enjoy the team, for sure.

“Our philosophy is not only about me, it’s about staff, the coaching staff – it’s simple, we improve players, we try to make them better, to improve them every day and by that, it’s no matter which age the player is – young, old, experienced, no experience at all – it doesn’t matter.

“In our minds, we put the players in the middle and we see what we can do to make them better. How can we improve them? How can we find a better solution for them to make their job easier? How can we make them perform better? If we achieve that, our team will improve, our Club will improve and this is our philosophy.”

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

How to improve results

“The Premier League is so tough, it’s so demanding. The best teams, the best players, the best managers are here so how do I like it? I like to compete. And to compete is not only on Saturday or Sunday, it’s every day. We have to compete every day, every training session. I like to approach not thinking about winning, but how do we win? How can we be better so we can win more times?

“First, let’s prepare ourselves. The competition is very close but at the same time we have time to show the players it all requires hard work – a lot of work. To compete is to be able to say in every action of our game, we have to win it. If we win each and every action, eventually we win the game, so let’s go action by action.

“Everybody around here should be in the same idea. Let’s give the best of all of us, simple as that – us, the players, the best of each one of us in every moment so we will be stronger and we will be there. This is the environment that we need, starting from the Board, to everybody in the training ground. If you generally give the best of you, the environment will be good.”

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