Spurs boss rejects complacency claims

Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham HotspurAndre Villas-Boas insists his Tottenham side’s failure to see out a win in Athens last night was not down to complacency.

Spurs had controlled most of the game and took the lead through a Michael Dawson goal in the first half, but Panathinaikos snatched a point with 13 minutes left when Giorgos Seitaridis played through Toche to poke home an equaliser.

But Villas-Boas rejected claims his team became complacent once they were in front.

He told Sky Sports: “I don’t think we were complacent. We have to give credit to Panathinaikos, they pressed much more and started to gain belief from that and that led to the goal.

“We were a bit sloppy in the second half. I understand the disappointment at not putting the game to bed, but in the end we congratulated the players because if it had been other way round, the whole perspective would have been different.”

Spurs are currently third in Group J and are two points behind leaders Lazio, but Villas-Boas is still upbeat about Spurs’ Europa League chances.

“The ambition we set for this competition is to go to the final, to win the trophy.

“It is a trophy this club have won in the past so we embrace this tradition. We will try to qualify from this group and then take it from there,” he added.