Much of the media attention was elsewhere yesterday but on the pitch, the team slipped to a disappointing defeat against Arsenal by the narrowest of 1-0 margins. A positive result would have been welcome ahead of the international break but despite the reverse, head coach Andre Villas-Boas had some praise for his side.
“We had some problems in the first 25 minutes, they played with great pace and gained momentum from a couple of early free-kicks,” said Andre.
“As soon as we settled into the game we did well. We created chances in the first half, but not clear-cut chances.”
AVB conceded that a more clinical approach in the box could have seen us come away with a share of the points.
“We had a couple of good chances, not clear-cut, but if we were a little more clinical or one of those balls finished at the feet of our player instead of theirs, it would have been a goal,” he added.
“It’s very fine margins. Arsenal did well because they closed the spaces down and in the end, it was difficult for us to break through.”
Naturally, there was some predictable crowing after the game comparing our spend to theirs, even if three of our new signings didn’t start the game. However, it does suggest that this new look team will take some time to bed in – it’s just a shame that this fixture didn’t come later in the campaign.