Villas-Boas confident about support from Spurs and squad
Andre Villas-Boas is confident about having support of his team, although reports suggest the Portuguese boss has fallen out with his squad. Rumors suggest Villas-Boas is at the cusp of being shown the exit door due to Tottenham Hotspur’s poor form this season.
The former Chelsea manager has been under intense fire after a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last Sunday. With 12 games gone this season, Villas-Boas’ men have only been able to score nine goals. Such facts pilled with draws and defeats to mediocre adversaries have put Villas-Boas in a difficult spot.
Villas-Boas and Spurs are heading towards their biggest test of the season on Sunday when they host Manchester United at White Hart Lane. Villas-Boas must record an impressive performance against the Premier League champions if the Portuguese boss is to have any hope redemption. Luckily for Spurs, Manchester United are sixth-placed and haven’t been in their best of form as of late.
According to a report in The Daily Mail there are several players in Villas-Boas’ squad who are “furious” with their boss for suggesting the team should be “ashamed” of their performance against Manchester City. Players believe the blame-game has gone too far with Villas-Boas, who refuses to accept he has done anything wrong this season.
Villas-Boas told Sky Sports that he refused to believe his players were the cause of his problems. The former Chelsea manager admits he is experiencing sleepless nights due to the club’s goalscoring abilities, but believes his side will be able to record a strong comeback in the following weeks.
“That can only come from creative minds,” said Villas-Boas whilst confidently insisting his players were keen on recording a comeback under him. “The only thing that we can hold on at the moment is the reality that we don't score enough and we are worried about it.”
Villas-Boas also played down reports of letting Jermain Defoe leave the club during the January transfer window. Reports suggest Defoe could be on the move to Manchester City or an MLS club during the January transfer window.
Villas-Boas insists Defoe is an integral part of Spurs squad and that he will get more opportunities to play in Europe.
“I can't stop stories coming out [about Defoe]. At the moment the feeling is that the player is happy, he wants to get into the Premier League team for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games,” Villas-Boas said.
“At this time we've started more games with [Roberto] Soldado but Jermain is working hard to get into the team.”