Another embarrassing defeat piled even more pressure on Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas but the boss was defiant in the wake of yesterday’s 5-0 loss at home to Liverpool. Results at the weekend saw us slip one place to seventh and with the season almost half way over, a gap is starting to open up between ourselves and the top four.
“Liverpool played really well and we cannot take the merit away from their performance,” Villas-Boas said. “They were on top, we couldn’t get our play together they deserved to go 2-0 up at half-time.”
Andre pointed to Paulinho’s sending off as the point where a difficult task became impossible.
“Our response was extremely good at the start of the second half but the reality is that the sending off really affected us,” he added.
“We had some good moments in the second half. The spirit was there and we were gaining control, we were playing better.
“We’d just made an attacking substitution by removing Dembele and we ended up with 10 men with Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby in the middle. It was difficult for us.”
Andre concluded by recalling the squad’s reaction to defeat at Manchester City and he believes that they can recover in a similar fashion.
“We want to do better. We have to bounce back. We did it against City and we have to do it again after this heavy defeat. We’re not far from our objectives, but it takes a bit out of everyone, for sure.”
The margin of defeat was an obvious concern but we have now played each of the top five teams – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Everton and Chelsea – and in those five matches we have scored just once. Is that a more telling statistic?
Next up for Spurs is a Carling Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday while a strong Southampton side await at St Marys on Sunday the 22nd.