Champions League still in sight for Tottenham, AVB urges men to continue pursuit
Andre Villas-Boas hailed Emmanuel Adebayor after he scored a late winner for Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Sunday. The victory allowed Tottenham Hotspur to ensure they continue their pursuit for the Champions League action till the last game of the season.
Emmanuel Adebayor tapped home a cross from Clint Dempsey after the American fashioned a 20th minute goal to equalize Stoke City’s goal from Steven Nzonzi. Tottenham Hotspur tried to produce a second goal in the second-half, but lack of creativity prevailed in spite of Charlie Adam’s red car in the 47th minute.
Tottenham Hotspur have entered the top-four of the Premier League, but their entrance might be short-lived since Arsenal are set to play their spare game against relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.
“It keeps us in the frame and gives us the possibility of making the Champions League so the important thing is the dream is still alive for us,” Andre Villas Boas said. “We wanted to take it to the last day when we are playing at home, so it was an extremely important win for us for those reasons, and hopefully someone else will slip up. Arsenal are strong and experienced but it will go down to the wire.”
Clint Dempsey was man of the match from the Tottenham Hotspur camp. The forward scored and provided an assist in the victory. Andre Villas-Boas reserved special praise for the American.
“He (Dempsey) has been absolutely immense this season with his assisting and his goalscoring and he has sometimes not got the credit he deserves,” Andre Villas-Boas said. “He is a hard worker and a very complete athlete and he had an amazing game. It was an extremely good individual performance.
“We came back from difficult circumstances because part of Stoke's strength is their delivery at set-plays and the delivery (for the goal) was absolutely amazing, but we managed to control the other ones and the circumstances turned for us. I am extremely happy for the team in the way we were patient in the game, we kept the ball moving and eventually we got the breakthrough.”
Tottenham Hotspur will play their last game of the season against at the White Hart Lane next week. Tottenham Hotspur needs Arsenal to drop points if they want to qualify for Champions League next season.