UEFA Conference League: Tottenham Hotspur loses 1-0 to Pacos De Ferreira

A Lucas Silva strike just before half time was enough to beat a completely overhauled Tottenham side.

Tottenham's Harry Winks after the defeat in the first leg of the Europa Conference League playoffs between Pacos de Ferreira and Tottenham Hotspur in Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal.   -  AP

Four days after the high of beating champion Manchester City in its Premier League opener, Spurs was as stunned 1-0 by Pacos De Ferreira in the first leg of its UEFA Conference League playoff on Thursday.

A Lucas Silva strike just before half time was enough to beat a completely overhauled Tottenham side and Santo was not impressed by what he saw.

 

"Not good, not good," Nuno Espirito Santo, the manager said in the post-match news conference."

"First half we lost too many passes - and the goal came from that - we were imbalanced. But not a good performance, honestly not a good performance."

"Nobody likes to lose a game or not play good," he added.

"The feel-good factor disappears. This is football. It is up and down but now you realise that this is the situation, they have to bounce back. This is what we are going to do."

England captain Harry Kane missed the first two matches of the season amid continued speculation about his future but Santo confirmed the striker would soon be back training with the full squad.

"He trained today," the Portuguese coach said.

"He trained with the group of players that stayed in England. He trained well and he is going to train tomorrow. And when we return he will join all the players and work (with) the group."

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Kane has been a transfer target for Manchester City, with City boss Pep Guardiola saying that it was up to Tottenham to make the move happen.

The prolific striker told Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the end of last season that he wanted to leave the club in order to challenge for major trophies, according to media reports.

Spurs visits Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday before hosting Pacos De Ferreira in the return leg of the qualifying tie next Thursday.

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