Spurs boss reveals why he left Jermain Defoe on the bench against Man City

21:51 11 November 2012

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas insists that it was in the team’s interests that he left Jermain Defoe out of his starting XI against Manchester City.

The England international, who scored a hat-trick in the Europa League against Maribor on Thursday, was left on the bench at the Etihad with former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor selected.

“It was very very difficult because we spoke with Jermain,” Villas-Boas said.

“We wanted to use his qualities and different type of game and I think he had a good performance.

“It’s difficult to leave Jermain out when he is in such good form.

“He understood that it was in the team’s best interest. He’s back in contention for the game against Arsenal.”

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
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Tottenham news

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Arsene Wenger  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Premier League is set to offer us more thrills and spills this weekend and here is how the table could look come Sunday night.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Jose Mourinho Manager of Chelsea  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

It has been a busy week in the capital and Saturday is no different, here’s our round-up.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Fans make their way towards Upton Park (pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire)

The Premier League has warned supporters to be wary of increased numbers of illegal and fake tickets currently on sale.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) celebrates scoring their first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London.

Spurs face Chelsea on Sunday and the north London club should be confident of victory if this is anything to go by.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News