Wigan boss: Spurs should challenge Man Utd, Chelsea & Man City for title

23:50 03 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Andre Villas-Boas. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes that Tottenham have what it takes to finish in the Champions League and should be challenging Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City for the title.

The Latics dealt Spurs a blow in their hopes by beating them by a goal to nil at White Hart Lane thanks to a goal from Ben Watson to leave them in fifth place, behind Everton on goal difference, but, despite this, the Spaniard believes the Lilywhites will be up there.

“In my eyes they will definitely be in the Champions League spots, and should be challenging for the title,” he said.

“They Won at Old Trafford, when you do that it’s clear the team are at an outstanding level.

“Today as a team, we were very very strong and very difficult to play against, I don’t think we should take any credit away from Wigan Athletic players.”

Martinez is aware of the quality that Spurs have and felt that the key to victory was stopping wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

“I know this team really really well,” he explained.

“You can see if you let them play it is very easy for them to get a real good momentum.

“They have got world class players in wide areas, we stopped their service well.”

Despite having a 1-0 lead and Tottenham barely threatening Martinez admitted that he was worried that the north Londoners would find the target late on to rescue a point.

“Spurs need very very little to score a goal when you’ve got players of quality they’ve got you need that second goal,” he added.

“I was getting a bit frustrated. We needed that second goal. The defensive play of the whole team was of the highest level today.”

The Lilywhites’ head coach Andre Villas-Boas came in for criticism for taking off Jermain Defoe and replacing him with Emmanuel Adebayor but Martinez had sympathy for the move.

“No, I can understand [why Villas-Boas took Defoe off],” Martinez said. “Every striker is different.

“Probably the aerial threat of Adebayor would be something [different for them and] we adapted really well.

“As long as you keep 10 outfield players on the pitch, all of them world class, [you will be dangerous].”

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

Monday, March 2, 2015
Andros Townsend:

Andros Townsend says Tottenham must get used to playing twice a week if they want to realise their ambitions of becoming a force to be reckoned with in England and Europe.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Gabriel and David Ospina of Arsenal with Harry Kane of Spurs

After Chelsea beat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final and Arsenal and Crystal Palace also claimed important wins, we look back at five talking points from the weekend’s action.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is left dejected after the final whistle against Chelsea at Wembley

Watching Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup has increased Tottenham’s resolve to return to Wembley and lift the trophy themselves, says Harry Kane.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Chelsea's Diego Costa and Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb clashed at Wembley (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has played down his clash with Chelsea’s Diego Costa during Sunday’s Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

David Cameron will lay out his plans for helping to better protect children from sexual exploitation.

Read more

The 007 actor will take part in a “special one-off sketch” to be broadcast on Red Nose Day.

Read more

The TV presenter is aiming to keep his toes tapping for 24 hours.

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.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Spurs Transfer News