AVB seeks improvement

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre VIllas-BoasTottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas seeks signs of improvement from his first team against Swansea this weekend, following a last-minute collapse in their most recent fixture at Everton.

At Goodison Park last weekend Spurs were moments away from gaining three-points and consolidating their fourth position in the Premier League. The win would have set the Lilywhites well on their way to challenging Chelsea for third spot.

Last-minute goals from former Tottenham man Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic made sure the North London club left Merseyside with nothing to show for their efforts.

“The dressing room was extremely disappointed after Everton. To see the result shift and us to take nothing was difficult,” said AVB.

Tottenham’s resolve will be tested at White Hart Lane this weekend against a visiting Swansea team hoping to bounce back from a crushing 4-3 loss against Norwich in their last league encounter.

AVB noted that the players came back to training with a firm desire to “improve.” The Portuguese explained that as a collective “We take the blame for the first half and how we suffered with goals,” but ultimately defeat is merely another lesson for everyone to “evolve as players and as a manager.”

“When a defeat happens there are always things to analyse. We worked on aspects that didn’t go well last week like keeping possession and our defensive shape,” he continued.

The learning process needs to speed-up rapidly as Spurs enter a busy Christmas period, and with AVB admitting that “Michael Laudrup has taken Swansea to the next level.”