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Lucas Moura criticises Tottenham’s style in chastening derby defeat


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ucas Mouras has accused Tottenham of playing too many long balls and says “we didn’t try to have the ball” in Sunday’s humiliation at Arsenal.

Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo took the blame for a 3-1 defeat, admitting he made “bad decisions” and his game plan “didn’t work”.

The defeat has raised more questions about Nuno’s style and tactical acumen, and Lucas criticised the performance, saying Spurs were too direct and not aggressive enough at the Emirates.

“The feeling is very, very bad. We know what it means for the fans, for the club and of course we wanted to win, we wanted a different result,” Lucas said.

“It’s not a time to speak. It’s a time to be quiet and work hard. It was a very bad game, it didn’t work at all.

“I think they took advantage of our mistakes. We gave them too much space. And we didn’t play. We didn’t try to play. We didn’t try to have the ball.

“ We have quality to have the ball, to build, to do more than what we did. So many long balls. We were not aggressive enough and they punished us.

“Even 3-0 down, it was not finished. Second half we did different, it was quite [good]. But it was too late, 3-0 from the first half was very difficult to turn over.

“But we tried, we fought until the end but it was not enough we’re not happy and we need to improve.”

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