Conte picks out one Tottenham player who did well despite loss to Chelsea
Antonio Conte has insisted that he thought Pierluigi Gollini played well in the Carabao Cup semi-final as he was asked about the frustrations Tottenham Hotspur supporters may feel over Hugo Lloris not starting – in comments reported by Football London.
Gollini was handed a surprise promotion for the second-leg clash with Chelsea on Wednesday. The Italian is yet to convince fans that he is capable of succeeding Lloris in North London.
In fact, it was previously reported that some at Spurs had concerns over Gollini’s fitness. Nevertheless, he was named in the side ahead of Lloris against the Blues.
The early signs were promising. Gollini made a good save to deny Romelu Lukaku. However, the tie was all but put to bed inside 20 minutes.
Antonio Rudiger headed home from a corner. The Germany international managed to beat Gollini to the ball as the goalkeeper attempted to punch clear.
It was not the most impressive moment from the 26-year-old. And it would have left some wondering why Conte picked him ahead of Lloris.
Conte was asked about supporters being frustrated over Lloris’ omission. But he suggested that he was happy with what Gollini produced for Tottenham.
“I don’t know about this,” he said, as reported by Football London. “I repeat: I made this decision and I think that Gollini played a good game. In the first game we lost 2-0, today we lost only 1-0. I think that we have to try to think about situations that are much more important than this. Believe me.”
Gollini running out of chances to win Tottenham doubters over – despite Conte praise
Tottenham are now out of the Carabao Cup and Europa Conference League. They remain in the FA Cup, while also battling in the Premier League.
It is hard to see Lloris losing the gloves in the league. So Gollini may be relying on Tottenham going on another lengthy cup run.
He is certainly running out of time to prove a point. As things stand, it is hard to see Tottenham pursuing a permanent deal.
It is a surprise to hear Conte praise his display. The Italian has tended to be honest in his assessments so far. So he may indeed believe Gollini did well.
His team selection for next month’s FA Cup tie with Brighton may however, tell a different story.
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