Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo admits he is ignoring FA steerage about heading


ottenham head-mentor Nuno Espirito Santo has admitted he is disregarding new assistance aimed at restricting the range of headers players do in education, insisting heading is “aspect of the game”.

Ahead of this time, the Football Affiliation proposed skilled gamers do no extra than 10 “larger force” headers in coaching for each week to minimize the risk of dementia.

Many reports have shown a correlation amongst heading the ball and producing dementia in later on everyday living, and this week the loved ones of former Spurs defender Joe Kinnear exposed he is most current ex-skilled living with the sickness.

Defensive set-pieces have highlighted prominently in Nuno’s training program in advance of Sunday’s north London derby right after Spurs conceded headers from corners in their final two matches, in opposition to Chelsea and Wolves.

But requested if set-piece drills were much more difficult to apply provided the new direction, Nuno exposed he is ignoring the tips, even with currently being worried about dementia.

“Excellent problem. That’s why we have education sessions with no anyone looking at us,” he mentioned.

“I am anxious with the problem of dementia and what heading the ball can bring about. It really is a huge problem for us but it really is element of the activity.

“Truthfully, I will not lie to you [the media]. I will not depend how quite a few times our players head the ball. Perhaps I will get myself in hassle for this. But soccer is jumping, heading. It’s part of the recreation.”

Nuno’s aspect go into the derby at Arsenal on the back again on a patchy run of sort, adhering to again to back again 3- defeats to Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and Wednesday’s get around Wolves in the Carabao Cup third-spherical.

Spurs collapsed in the second fifty percent of the two derby defeats just after likely in degree at the interval, and squandered a 2- lead at Molineux to draw 2-2 before progressing on penalties.

Nuno claimed his side should master to answer to setbacks and likened them to a boxer on the defensive, choosing their times to punch.