Tottenham Hotspur have made a great start to the English Premier League 2021-2022 season under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo by winning all the 3 matches.

Nuno’s side have managed to win all three matches by a scoreline of 1-0. Spurs’ defence has been good this season and the North Londoners are the only team not to concede a goal. The defenders haven’t won that many defensive duels, but somehow the team has managed to keep 3 clean sheets.

Let’s take a look at how the team has managed this.

Tottenham’s season started with a tough match against defending champions Manchester City, followed by Nuno’s previous club Wolves and then newly-promoted Watford side.

Except for Watford, the other two teams were dominant against the current Premier League leaders.

Defensive Duels

Spurs’ defence has faced a lot of pressure from the opposition attack so far. 229 defensive duels have been contested by Tottenham defenders, which is the 3rd most in the league. Out of these many duels, Spurs’ defenders have only managed to win 35 duels. This is the third worst win rate in the league.

Premier League Stats: Tottenham Hotspurs vs Watford


Another stat where Tottenham players lack is the number of recoveries made by a team. The team has the least number of recoveries in the league with 187 in total.

But Tottenham players have been dominant in other defensive departments which has helped the team to keep 3 clean sheets.


Tottenham players have ended a lot of opponent attacks by intercepting their passes. The team is ranked second with 157 interceptions and averages more than 50 interceptions in the game. Players have broken the momentum of opponents with the help of these interceptions.

Premier League Stats: Tottenham Hotspurs vs Watford


The main reason behind Tottenham keeping 3 clean sheets is their French World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. He is the last line of defence and the experienced Frenchman has been a wall for Tottenham. The Spurs no.1 has not conceded a goal and has a 100% save rate in this season. He has faced a total of 10 shots on target and none of those shots went past him.

Premier League Stats: Tottenham Hotspurs vs Watford

The departure of some senior defenders in recent years has disrupted Spurs’ defence. This summer their senior defender Toby Alderweireld also left the club. Replacements have been signed but they are yet to start for the team.

Reguilon, Sanchez, Dier and Tangana have started every game at the back. The young full-backs have been impressive and Nuno would hope his team will perform in the same way throughout the season.