A win for Tottenham at the Emirates on Saturday will move them four points clear of bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League and put more pressure on Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.
And Villas-Boas wants Adebayor, who controversially left Arsenal to join Manchester City in 2009, to use his bitter past with Arsenal as motivation on Saturday.
He told Sky Sports: “I suggest to make the most of [the situation] we can use individual’s motivations and that is why we used Adebayor also in the game versus City last week.
“These are things that you have to count on. Hopefully it can have a positive effect but it can have a negative effect.
“Last year he scored from the penalty spot and had a good game and this is the type of revolt and motivation for matches like this.”
Villas-Boas also believes a win for Tottenham is vital to their bid for a top-four finish and to continue bridging the gap between them and their north London rivals.
“We are looking at trying to shorten the gap and not letting it grow,” he continued.
“To play for fourth spot is difficult bearing in mind the competition you have to overcome. It is possible to bridge it.
“Arsenal have won trophies in recent times and they have qualified for the Champions League more often. That is where we want to be in the future. We are getting nearer.”
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