Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas isn’t the type of manager to use too many clichés in his post match analysis but he does like to find positives in defeat. However, even that task was beyond him as his side succumbed to a heavy 5-2 trashing at the hands of Monaco and Andre admitted that he wasn’t happy with the outcome.
“Obviously, we’re a bit disappointed,” said AVB.
“The first half wasn’t good for either team, played at a slow tempo and both teams only really had one chance at goal.”
Despite the half time team talk, the hosts ran away with the game early in the second period.
“We had a good meeting at half-time and the problem was that we conceded the two goals straight away,” he added.
“We wanted to avoid that because the players left the dressing room with the spirit that we could turn the game around and go on to win it.
“So we paid a price for that and it made it difficult for the second half.
Villas-Boas summed up by praising the strength of the opposition and insisting that the return of senior players would make us stronger.
“Monaco looked strong with individual quality, we made some mistakes and they punished us. We had belief that we could have got a better result but we’ll now work hard to improve before the season starts.
“We were missing lots of players and they will help us improve, but we wanted to do better. We’re aware we’re better than this, but we’ll take our lessons from it,” he concluded.
Is that a fair assessment or is the margin of the defeat giving you cause for concern ahead of the new campaign?