Tottenham vs Pacos de Ferreira – LIVE: Harry Kane STARTS for Spurs in Europa Conference League play-off second leg as Nuno Espirito Santo hands striker captain’s armband just a day after pledging future to the club
- Spurs host Pacos de Ferreira in their Conference League play-off second leg
- Pacos de Ferreira claimed an historic 1-0 win over the English side in the first leg
- Now the Premier League outfit need to overcome the deficit to advance
- Latest Europa Conference League news, including fixtures and results
Tottenham welcome Pacos de Ferreira to White Hart Lane as they look to turn around a first leg deficit in their Europa Conference League play-off clash tonight.
The Portuguese side pulled off a historic 1-0 win over Spurs in the first leg last week after Nuno Espirito Santo fielded a young starting lineup for the game, days after his they pulled off a strong victory over Manchester City in the Premier League.
Spurs have since bounced back from last week’s defeat with a win over Wolves but with this European tie in the balance, Nuno may look to his big guns to fire him into the competition’s next round.
Follow along with Sportsmail’s SAM McEVOY for all the live Europa Conference League coverage, including all the build-up and match updates throughout at White Hart Lane.
Nuno Espirito Santo insists it is the ‘right time’ to involve Kane back into the Spurs setup.
‘He’s playing today and he’s progressing on his fitness and he’s ready to help the team,’ Nuno said. ‘It’s the right moment [for him to come back]. We have to balance their fitness and playing is the right way to improve.’
Just in case you forgot what went down last week…
NATHAN SALT: Rubbing his head and stroking his beard he looked glum as he trudged off but there were two positives Nuno Espirito Santo can take from his first competitive defeat at Tottenham.
One being he and his players will get a second chance in a week’s time back home to fix the many mistakes made here. The second being that Tottenham really can’t play much worse.
A fan-base on a high after knocking off Premier League champions Manchester City, a first-leg play-off defeat in Europe’s third club competition sure brings a club crashing back to earth.
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While Kane will stay at the club ‘this summer’, it appears he wants compensation after giving up on his dream move to Manchester City
According to The Times, Kane has accepted City will not pay the £150million fee set by Daniel Levy but is seeking a wage to reflect the club’s valuation and one which would make him the Premier League’s highest-paid player.
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What a way to kick things off this evening!
Harry Kane will start his first game of the season and his first under new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
The England captain announced on Wednesday that he would be staying at Spurs this summer having been keen on a move to Manchester City. Now, just 24 hours after pledging his future to the club, Kane will captain the side as Spurs try to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit.
New signings Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil have been given first home starts and Spurs have firepower on the bench, with Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn among the substitutes.
Good evening everyone! And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of the Europa Conference League.
Tottenham are in action tonight against Pacos de Ferreira and will be needing a positive result to turn last week’s disastrous 1-0 result around.
But enough of the small talk – let’s dive straight into the team news…
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