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Tottenham need more life on offense if they want to hurt an injured Manchester United

The generous interpretation of a trivial matter at Turf Moor was that Tottenham stayed the course, remained patient and ultimately got their fair rewards to restore some confidence and progress to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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

Granted, Spurs were deserved winners but, really, they didn’t offer enough against an abject Burnley to suggest they are able to step up the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United’s visit to north London Saturday.

Lucas Moura’s well-scored goal made 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 have managed to complete consecutive halves without testing the opposing keeper after their failure to shoot on target after the break in the 1-0 loss to West Ham and they need to show more life in attack to take advantage of an injured United.

Solskjaer’s side will be shaky after their 5-0 humiliation by Liverpool and an aggressive and quick start in front of their fans would surely see Spurs exposing cracks in the visitors.

The problem is, Nuno’s Spurs only fleetingly seemed capable of producing this kind of stifling football – especially in the first half of the loss to Chelsea – and their lack of creativity remains a real concern.

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

“We must improve on this point, finish the actions more [often]”, Admitted Lucas, who called on his teammates to show more individual brilliance.



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