Tottenham’s win over Aston Villa yesterday seemed fairly routine but after a long round trip to Greece last Thursday, Andre Villas-Boas hailed his players’ efforts as immense.
Many of those involved in yesterday’s game started the match against Panathinaikos and two of those – Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon scored the goals that sealed the points.
“We were tremendous, bearing in mind the effort we put in in Greece,” AVB said after the game.
“To perform at this level and intensity is very gratifying for everyone and the players have been immense in their dedication and ambition. This is an important win.”
“Overall, the performance was great. We spoke at half-time for the players to persist with their level of intensity and ambition because they would get their efforts rewarded. I’m extremely happy for them.”
The win takes us to fifth – level on points with Everton and after the international break it’s Chelsea at home. The victory seemed comfortable but would post Europa League fatigue have counted against us, had we been playing stronger opposition?