Spurs boss confident side can bounce back despite derby destruction

06:35 19 November 2012

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Andre Villas-Boas insists Tottenham’s season will not fall to pieces despite their humiliating north London derby defeat.

Tottenham’s ambition of finishing above Arsenal was made to look like nothing but a pipe dream yesterday after they were routed 5-2 by their bitter rivals at the Emirates Stadium.

Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring after 10 minutes but he then ruined his team’s chances of securing an upset when he was sent off for a reckless sliding tackle on Santi Cazorla.

The dismissal triggered a meltdown that ended with Arsenal romping to victory thanks to goals from Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Cazorla and Theo Walcott.

Yet Villas-Boas exuded confidence after the match - even claiming the result flattered Arsenal - and is adamant that his team will not be crushed by the defeat.

“When you are poor, it can do damage, but when you play like this I don’t think it can,” the Tottenham manager said.

When asked whether he thought the result flattered Arsenal, Villas-Boas said: “A little bit, because we were playing three against three at the back.

“The result looks like Arsenal were a very attacking side but it’s down to circumstances in the game.

“One team is losing, tries to invert the result, exposes themselves a bit more and is playing with 10 men, with three at the back.

“That obviously makes a difference but we took on the challenge, we risked it and that’s why we are proud of each other.

“It’s extremely difficult to play here. Had we suffered one more goal, it wouldn’t change what we felt.

“We felt we had a go. We felt that things that could have fallen our way fell Arsenal’s way.

“We compliment Arsenal for the result but we have a lot of belief in each other.”

Villas-Boas said before the game that he hope Adebayor’s determination to get one over his former employers would help propel his team to what would have been a morale-boosting win.

But the Tottenham boss also admitted the move could backfire and that was definitely the case yesterday.

From the moment he was snubbed by his former team-mates in the tunnel before the match, it was clear that the adrenaline was pumping through the Togo striker’s veins.

His goading of the home support following his goal only served to anger the Arsenal fans, who booed him throughout the 17 minutes he was on the pitch.

Villas-Boas thinks Howard Webb was right to dismiss Adebayor, but he said the thought there was nothing malicious in the striker’s studs-up challenge.

“He didn’t go in to challenge for Cazorla. He went for the ball,” Villas-Boas added.

“This can happen to any player. Situations in games are difficult.

“It was the right decision (from Webb). It was a 50-50 challenge. You want your players to play with ambition and go for balls and these challenges can happen.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Submit your Tottenham player ratings

Latest Tottenham news

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Harry Kane of Spurs (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named London24 Sport’s Player of the Month for February.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Tottenham legend Dave Mackay (right) pictured alonside Alan Mullery in 1970 (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)

Tributes have been pouring in for former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay following his passing away at the age of 80.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Sevilla's Carlos Bacca (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed reports that Tottenham are interested in signing Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
West Ham's Winston Reid in action against Tottenham (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists Winston Reid is no closer to agreeing a new contract at Upton Park – despite having an “exceptionally good offer” on the table from the club.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

As the Hogwarts Express opens for business at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, we’ve complied a list of life lessons we learned from the books.

Read more

The park ranger has spoken, and he says the picture is legit.

Read more

The BBC show judge thinks it is only a matter of time until one of the contestants becomes a superstar.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

(Not guaranteed)

Mothers Day is fast approaching, so we’ve rounded up some unusual and beautiful gifts for you to dazzle the most important woman in your life come March 15th.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Spurs Transfer News