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Jamie O'Hara Brands Europa Conference League as 'Dog and Duck Cup' After Tottenham's 1-0 Loss to Pacos de Ferreira

By Amreen
Tottenham lost the first leg of the Europa Conference League
Tottenham lost the first leg of the Europa Conference League / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara branded the European Conference League as the "Dog and Duck Cup" following Spurs' embarrassing defeat to Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday night.

Nuno Espirito Santo made 11 changes to his side, handing debuts to Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero, and Bryan Gil while teenagers Dane Scarlett and Nile John received their first starts. But his young side failed to register a single shot on target and need to do it all in the second leg if they wish to progress to the next round of the Cup.

O’Hara was less than complimentary about the competition, which is in its inaugural season.

He told talkSPORT: “I’m ready for some banter coming my way because I’ve been giving it to Arsenal fans over the last couple of days calling them Banter FC, then we go and get beaten by a chocolate bar.

“Ferrer Rocher 1, Spurs 0. Embarrassing, but to be honest I couldn’t care less. It’s a Dog and Duck Cup. Look at the teams in it. Santa Claus are beating Partizan Belgrade 1-0.”

Spurs boss Nuno had no regrets over fielding a relatively young side and said: "The decision was to try to give minutes to players, to get minutes on their legs and increase the levels of fitness. Of course things take some time. I would decide the same. We need all the players [this season]."

Harry Kane was one of the names who didn't travel for the game with the forward still trying to force a move to Manchester City before the summer transfer window shuts in 11 days.