Daily Express


Humiliatio­n for Nuno’s men

- From Tony Banks

IF HARRY KANE was watching this one, he probably ended it by checking the flight times to Manchester.

As an advert for Spurs’ future, this Europa Conference League play-off clash in northern Portugal was a horror show.

A hugely embarrassi­ng defeat for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, courtesy of Lucas Silva’s coolly-struck drive for Pacos de Ferreira on the stroke of half-time, was surely not in the script.

Nuno’s decision to field a young, inexperien­ced side came back to bite him – badly.

There was no Harry, obviously – but also no Heung-Min Son, no Dele Alli, no Hugo Lloris. No one who started Sunday’s excellent win against Manchester City – when the Spurs fans taunted their wantaway striker by singing “Are you watching Harry Kane?”.

Instead, Spurs had five players making their first starts, including Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

As City prepare their next move for Kane in the coming days, Spurs stumble on. They will probably get through this tie, with the home leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday when surely some of the bigger guns will be wheeled out – but this was not exactly an appetiser for a player with Kane’s ambition.

A brand new European adventure in a brand new competitio­n, but in Europe’s third tier – in front of only 2,284 spectators? And a defeat. Spurs too good for the Europa Conference League? Not on this evidence.

PACOS (4-2-3-1): A Ferreira 7; Fonseca 7, Ramos 6, Baixinho 6, Antunes 6; Eustaquio 8, Carlos 6; H Ferreira (J Silva De Jesus 72), Santos 7 (Djalo 62, 6), Lucas Silva 7 (Delgado 72); Pereira 7 (Silva 88).

Goal: Lucas Silva 45.

TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Gollini 6; Carter-Vickers 6 (Paskotsi 86), Romero 6, Davies 6; Doherty 7, Winks 6, Lo Celso 6, Sessegnon 5 (Bennett 81); John 6 (Clarke 45, 6), Scarlett 6, Gil 7.

 ??  ?? FALSE START: Gil was making debut for Spurs
FALSE START: Gil was making debut for Spurs

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