Spurs need more life in attack if they are to hurt a wounded Manchester United


generous interpretation of an uninspiring affair at Turf Moor was that Tottenham kept it tight, stayed patient and eventually got their just rewards to restore a measure of confidence and progress to the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

You might even describe their performance in the 1-0 win on Wednesday night as “gritty” or “professional’”.

Certainly Spurs were deserved winners but, really, they did not offer enough against an abject Burnley to suggest they are capable of increasing the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when Manchester United visit north London on Saturday.

Lucas Moura’s well-taken goal was the difference and if Harry Kane or Giovani Lo Celso had been more clinical Spurs would have won more comfortably.

Nonetheless, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side managed to complete consecutive halves without testing the opposition goalkeeper following their failure to muster a shot on target after the interval in the 1-0 defeat by West Ham and they must show more life in attack to take advantage of a wounded United.

Solskjaer’s side will be fragile following their 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool and a high-tempo, aggressive start in front of their fans would surely see Spurs expose cracks in the visitors.

The problem is that Nuno’s Spurs have only very fleetingly looked capable of producing that kind of suffocating football – notably in the first half of the defeat by Chelsea – and their lack of creativity remains a real concern.

In 11 matches under the Portuguese against Premier League opposition, Spurs are yet to win by more than a single goal, and a total of four shots on target against the Clarets offered little reason for encouragement.

“We need to improve on this point, to finish actions more [often],” acknowledged Lucas, who called on his team-mates to show more individual brilliance.

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