Manager Nono Esprito Santo said Tottenham Hotspur had lost their initial season’s Fail Good Factor when they were stunned 1-0 by Pacos de Ferreira in the first leg of the Europa Conference League play-offs on Thursday.
Four days after defeating champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener, Spurs were knocked out of the Portuguese club’s small home ground in Europe’s third tier club competition.
A strike by Lucas Silva before half-time was enough to defeat Tottenham’s completely overlooked side and Santo was not impressed by what he saw.
“Not good, not good,” he told a post-match news conference.
“We lost a lot in the first half – and the goal came from that – we were unbalanced. But not good performance, honestly not good performance.
“No one likes to lose a game or play well,” he added. “The feeling of goodness disappears. It’s football. It’s up and down. But now that you understand the situation, they have to bounce back. That’s what we’re going to do.”
England captain Hurricane missed the first two matches of the season amid constant speculation about his future, but Santo confirmed that the striker would soon return to training with the entire team.
The Portuguese coach said he trained today. He trained with a group of players living in England. He trained well and he is going to train tomorrow. And when we come back he will join all the players and work with the group.
Ken has been the target of a transfer to Manchester City, with City boss Pep Guardiola saying the move depends on Tottenham.
According to media reports, the famous striker told Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy at the end of last season that he wanted to leave the club to challenge for bigger trophies.
The Spurs visit the Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday before hosting Pacos de Ferreira in the return leg of the qualifying tie next Thursday.