Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas received his fair share of criticism in the wake of the club’s 6-0 defeat to Manchester City and he responded by rounding on journalists who he believed had questioned his integrity.
“A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism and one of these people is sitting over here,” AVB said after Sunday’s game.
Tottenham followed up their 2-2 draw with a vital win away to Fulham last night and after the game, match winner Lewis Holtby revealed that the players are right behind their boss.
“The manager bonds us together and is very close to the team. Everyone accepts him and his way of playing football,” Holtby said after the Fulham performance.
“There is a lot of negativity coming from outside, but we are all sticking together. Bringing this bad mood into the team won’t help. We’re positive and we know that the season is long.
“We’re sticking together, we’re not discussing things that are happening outside – that’s not our job. Our job is to get points, to win games and make the fans happy.”
Team spirit has always looked good at the club and Holtby’s comments, whilst expected, back that up. The German himself has turned games when coming off the bench and may yet have a big part to play at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.