Nuno Espirito Santo urged patience with Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The France international made his first appearance of the season in the Europa League 2-2 draw with Rennes on Thursday, after asking to leave the club before the start of the campaign.
Ndombele has been inconsistent since his move from Lyon of over £ 60million two years ago and found himself frustrated at being left out by interim boss Ryan Mason at the end of last season.
The club’s record-breaking purchase provided a glimpse of what he is capable of at Rennes as a daring and unbalanced heel pad helped set Spurs’ opener in place and he was the player most likely to break the lines.
A lot of people see him as the answer to help solve Spurs’ creativity issues, but head coach Nuno is cautious.
“It was the first game Tanguy has played since the start of the season,” said Nuno.
“We’ve had the whole pre-season and we’re already playing in the Premier League and European competition and it was Tanguy’s first game, so let’s be patient.”
Ndombele could be involved as Spurs title contender, Chelsea on Sunday, live Air sports.
While Spurs have stammered since their run to the 2019 Champions League final, Chelsea are on the rise following the appointment of Thomas Tuchel.
He led them to Champions League glory last season and most see them as credible challengers to Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Nuno is not surprised at how quickly the German has changed things at Stamford Bridge, saying: “[They are a] very good team. Thomas is doing an incredible job.
“They have an amazing team, talented players, they play good football, they are organized, they are intense. They are European champions, so we have to value that like we do for all opponents, but on Sunday, we will compete, that’s a promise.
“No, there are no surprises at all. Thomas has already done an incredible job at Borussia Dortmund [and was] fantastic at PSG. He and his coaching staff have tremendous quality so I’m not surprised by Thomas’ success.
“To me it’s no surprise because you can see how well they are playing.”
The world’s first major net zero carbon football game
Nuno has spoken of his pride at Tottenham for teaming up with Sky to host the world’s first net zero carbon soccer game at an elite level when Spurs face Chelsea on Sunday.
The initiative is supported by the COP26 and the Premier League, and will be called #GameZero, with the ambition to be net zero carbon. This is achieved when emissions are reduced as much as possible, the rest being offset by natural projects that remove emissions from the atmosphere.
Sky, Tottenham Hotspur and the UK government want the game to raise awareness of the threat of climate change and inspire football fans to make simple changes that will help reduce their carbon footprint.
“I am very proud,” Nuno said.
“Because I think it’s not just Sunday. Tottenham have been leading a lot in football recently and I’m very proud to be a part of the opener.
“[It’s] just a message to our fans, use public transport, walk, change something that you can change that can help us in the future. “