Philosophy is the word of the week at Tottenham Hotspur after the humble loss to Arsenal in the North London derby on Sunday.

The aftermath of the 3-1 defeat resulted in the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust requesting a meeting with the club’s board of directors to discuss the “short and long-term strategic vision” while Daniel Levy spoke at the address the fans were in the spotlight in May.

The Spurs chairman said: “We recognize the need to choose someone whose values ​​reflect the values ​​of our great club and we are returning to playing football in the style we are known for – free flowing, offensive and entertaining – while we play it continue to support our desire to allow young players from our academy to flourish alongside experienced talents. “

Four months later, Nuno is already under pressure. Three consecutive 1-0 wins in the Premier League led to the Manager of the Month award, but the results were in September with 3-0 defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and a 2-2 draw against Rennes in the Conference League and only to celebrate promotion to the EFL Cup – albeit after a penalty shootout against Nuno’s ex-club Wolves.

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Arsenal’s devastating defeat resulted in a run of five non-win games for Spurs, a sequence in which they were exposed to more shots than they tried.

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This begs the question of when this “free flowing, offensive and entertaining” football will emerge. Nuno knew he was under pressure and was optimistic ahead of Spurs’ Conference League home game against Mura on Thursday.

“I was told [the philosophy] and everyone knows, “said Nuno. “It’s football, everyone wants to play well. Everyone wants to play offensively, everyone wants to score. This is what we are chasing.

“Sometimes it is not possible, but we are aware that this is what we want to do, but it takes a building process to get there and we are trying.

“The criticism is normal. Everyone knows how this industry works. When you are not playing well, when you are not performing, and the results are not what you want, then you have to face criticism. We understand it and it’s up to us to respond and change it. “

The construction process will likely begin in Europe, where the Conference League gives Nuno his best chance to survive beyond Christmas.

The expectation will be to lead Group G – where Vitesse, Rennes and Mura compete – and while this feat would hardly win Nuno a new wave of fans, this competition offers him the opportunity to express his desire to play attacking football in to implement the deed – or more importantly, the actual game practice.

Nuno must therefore see the Conference League as a potential stepping stone to success, a chance to instill tactics that are then replicated in tougher Premier League tests.

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That would mean bucking the trend of playing second row XIs and while Nuno may be reluctant to field his strongest team twice a week, growing up and working with Mura could be less detrimental for Nuno in the short term Players he wants to play in the Premier League week after week.

There is no denying that Spurs is about to enter a crucial phase. After the next three European Cup games they will face Aston Villa (Sunday 3rd October), West Ham (Sunday 24th October) and Everton (Sunday 7th November), a trio of teams that are currently all in the top eight Premier League are.

For Tottenham, and especially for Nuno, it will be a matter of proving that the club is above the range of Villa, West Ham and Everton – not with them, and certainly not below them. If the latter is the case, it could well be that Nuno obrigado et chau has its way – before the search starts all over again.