Michael Dawson has defended Jeff Stelling’s comments regarding the opponents Tottenham beat in the Europa Conference League on Thursday night, as he told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (02/10/21 at 1:20 pm).
Tottenham beat NS Mura in midweek – a team in the Slovenian league and one that was formed nine years ago.
From the perspective of the North London club, even though they put five past them, it’s nothing to shout about.
A win is a win, and every single one would provide that confidence-booster, but teams such as NS Mura aren’t even League Two quality.
But Tottenham ambassador Dawson thinks Stelling wasn’t being ‘disrespectful’ when talking about the game from midweek.
“I know people might think I was a little disrespectful to NS Mura,” said Stelling. “But what I was trying to point out was, 5-1, NS Mura is a team in the Slovenian league.
“They were formed nine years ago. Their ground capacity is 5,000. And they are currently fifth of ten in Slovenian league, so they are not European giants.”
Dawson responded: “I don’t think you were being disrespectful, Jeff. I think Spurs beating them 5-1 is what you would expect. 5-0 would have been better, of course it would.
“Is it a confidence-booster? It was nice for Harry to get three goals, but that was no test on Thursday. They turned up and expected to get the job done.”
One thing is for sure, Spurs will be seriously tested on Sunday afternoon when they lock horns with Aston Villa.
Dean Smith’s side come into this game, with bags of confidence and ready to put another nail in Nuno’s coffin.
Villa beat Spurs away, towards the back end of the last campaign, and they also beat Nuno at Molineux, when he was still at Wolves.
Perhaps that is a good sign for the Midlands side, but a win here for Spurs then it will really easy the pressure on the man in their dugout.