Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he could go back to using one single striker for Spurs’ Manchester City clash this Sunday.
Tottenham enjoyed their first Europa League victory of the season last night, with the 4-4-2 system despite the manager never having used it so far this season, switching from the 4-5-1 formation.
However, Villas-Boas insists that the structure of team has not permanently changed ahead of the Manchester City game.
He said: “We’re still a team that creates a lot of attacking opportunities with one striker. We go four steps up in competition [on Sunday], it’s a different scenario.”
Villas-Boas is pleased with his team’s Europa League performance last night after some poor results previously, but has warned that Manchester City’s players will be fresher.
He said: “”It was a good performance, it was important for us to bounce back. To do it in such a good manner was fantastic. At the weekend we play the champions of England [who are] a totally different proposition. They will want to bounce back after a run of bad results. City have two days extra than us, this is the main difference. The reality is they have that extra freshness. But there is enough time to recover. The body takes 48 hours to recover from physical effort and we’ll be able to make that recovery.”
Last night’s goals scored by Jermain Defoe, whose hat-trick took him into second place in Tottenham’s leading scorers in Europe behind Martin Chivers.