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Spurs star: AVB’s struggles at Chelsea mean nothing now

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit; Stephen Pond/EMPICS Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photo credit; Stephen Pond/EMPICS

Thursday, November 29, 2012
9:26 PM

Jermain Defoe says the Tottenham players want to fight for manager Andre Villas-Boas as they look to continue their climb up the table after winning their last two games in a row.

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Villas-Boas is also slowly starting to turn the tide at Spurs after struggling to win round the fans following the summer dismissal of Harry Redknapp.

Yet top scorer Defoe believes it was always going to take time for Villas-Boas to implement his ideas and says his unsuccessful stint as Chelsea manager is irrelevant now.

“It’s difficult for any manager - when you come in you’ve got different ideas,” Defoe told Sky Sports News.

“It wasn’t the best at Chelsea but that happens. It’s part of life and being a manager, but he’s a fantastic manager and been fantastic for me.

“There’s always a different approach each game and he’s such a nice guy.

“All the lads want to fight and win for him. I’m just enjoying the journey and I’m sure he is as well.”

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Nickname: The Lilywhites.

Ground: White Hart Lane (capacity 36,310).

Founded: 1882.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1951, 1961

Second Division: 1920, 1950.

Southern League: 1900.

FA Cup: 1901, 1921, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1991.

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