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Nuno Espirito Santo comments on one of his new signing's displays as Tottenham suffer defeat

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have gone from beating Manchester City on Sunday, to losing in the Europa Conference League. Spurs suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their play-off tie against Pacos de Ferreira. Asked about Pierluigi Gollini and his Tottenham debut, Nuno said “it was difficult”.

Santo made 11 changes to the Tottenham side that superbly beat the Premier League champions – leaving all 11 players at home. New signings Gollini, Bryan Gil and Cristian Romero all started the match – as did young stars Dane Scarlett and Nile John. But Lucas Silca’s strike was the difference.

In first-half injury time, Silva was set through on goal and finished well past Gollini. It proved to be the only goal of the game and Nuno was asked about his new goalkeeper in his post-match press conference. Gollini had little to do other than the goal and Nuno gave an honest verdict on the Italian.

“I think Pier had a good game. He was stable and in the action he had to do he did well. With the goal it was a one vs one situation and it was difficult,” Nuno told Football London following the 1-0 defeat in Portugal. Hugo Lloris will now come back into the starting XI as Nuno faces his old side Wolves.

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Nuno on Gollini: New signings need time at Tottenham

On paper, Fabio Paratici is making some excellent signings and value for money. But, they are coming from foreign leagues and they need time to adapt. Gollini has spent time in English football. Coming through at Man United before joining Villa where he struggled in the second tier.

But like Romero, he has played most of his football and Italy – and Gil, in Spain. While they probably did not play to their best levels on Thursday, they need time to adapt, learn the language and settle at Spurs. The major reason for the defeat was Nuno’s decision to name 11 changes.

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