Pier revels in Bridge baptism
Thu 05 August 2021, 16:00|Tottenham Hotspur
It was baptism of fire for Pierluigi Gollini at Stamford Bridge - and you just sensed he relished every second of it.
The goalkeeper who arrived from Atalanta at the end of last month made his first appearance in a Spurs shirt as we opened our Mind Series campaign by coming from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday night.
‘Pier’ certainly impressed, a commanding figure between the sticks who looked safe and secure in making the saves that he should make, and excellent reflexes to keep out more testing efforts, particularly from Tammy Abraham and Tino Anjorin in the second half.
“Let’s hope it’s going to be as good as this when it’s time for my Premier League debut!” beamed Pier pitchside at the Bridge. “Really, I’m very happy. When I stepped into the stadium, I remembered that I first came here when I was 17 with the Manchester United Academy, and tonight I’m back as a different player, 26-years-old, and now a lot of experience. To come here again is a great thing for me.”
The first half was a test as Chelsea clicked into gear and Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring on 16 minutes. We made a promising start to the second half only for Ziyech to strike again for 2-0 on 49 minutes.
Undetered, Lucas pulled one back on 56 minutes, Stevie Bergwijn levelled on 70 and we had the chances to win it, Ethan Ampadu cleared off the line from Ben Davies and Dele was inches away from Serge Aurier’s cross in added time.
The determination to turn it around was almost palpable. “This is what we said at half-time, Mister (Nuno) was also very good, he just said he wanted us to continue playing with confidence. It’s a process and we’re building something, so not everything is going to come so soon.
“We need time to learn together, a new way to play, a lot of things going on, so we need time. We know we are building something, we want to build something important, and we know we have to keep working and keep looking forward. The character? It was there, and that’s very important.”