Tottenham fans have slammed Antonio Conte’s decision to start Pierluigi Gollini in goal for their crucial Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
The Italian shotstopper is set to make back-to-back starts between the posts after featuring in Spurs’ 3-1 FA Cup win over Morecambe as Hugo Lloris has been left on the bench.
Gollini arrived from Atalanta on a season-long loan deal in the summer, with Spurs having the to sign him permanently for £13m but the glovesman is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the north London side.
And supporters took to social media to question the decision to start the 26-year-old in the crucial clash against their London rivals with some claiming he will ‘have a howler’.
Tottenham fans have slammed Antonio Conte’s decision to start Pierluigi Gollini in goal
The Italian goalkeeper also started in Spurs’ 3-1 FA Cup tie against Morecambe last weekend
‘Gollini starts in goal then tonight, I don’t even dislike the bloke, just can’t understand why Lloris wouldn’t be in goal tonight,’ one Spurs fan posted.
‘Why play Gollini for Spurs vs Chelsea this evening,’ one supporter asked.
‘Based on the first leg, compared to Lloris he’s flat footed and won’t get airborne in stretching for the ball. ‘
While another wrote: ‘Gollini is the worst keeper I have seen for spurs. Mr flappy hands doesn’t dive will have a howler.’
Gollini wasn’t the only surprise on Tottenham’s team sheet as Matt Doherty was handed a start again after playing in the FA Cup third round game at the weekend.
And some supporters accused the Spurs boss of trying to throw Wednesday’s semi-final, branding the selections ‘unforgivable’.
‘Conte throwing the game starting Doherty and Gollini, embarrassing.’
‘Gollini is so bad that no one seems to be bothered that Doherty is playing as a left wingback again,’ insisted one fan.
‘Gollini, Doherty, Tanganga and Hojbjerg are unforgivable selections,’ said another Spurs faithful.