This must rank as the most disappointing week in Andre Villas-Boas’ short reign at White Hart Lane as Spurs’ nine game unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end last weekend. Defeat at home to their West London rivals was followed by an underwhelming draw in the Europa League on Thursday. Yet there appears to be a huge amount of faith shown in the Portuguese coach by squad and there is a real chance to bounce back on Sunday and intensify their early push to be amongst the Champions League contenders as the season approaches its most hectic period. Villas-Boas knows that anything but a top four finish will put his job under threat but if he can pick his side up and get them back on the winning trail there is no reason why they can’t comfortably carry out their objectives.
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Quote of the Week
“It was always in his (Villas-Boas’) plans to play me against Chelsea and I knew from the point he benched me against Aston Villa. The media wanted to make out that it was this big fight between Hugo and myself and the manager, but there was never a big fight. The fact is Tottenham have been looking for the last year and a half for a long-term number one goalkeeper. I don’t think they envisioned what my fitness levels would be at this age and I sort of surprised myself. So we have a competition now. It’s healthy, but there’s a competition. It’s friendly.” Brad Friedel envisages a season long battle with Hugo Lloris for the number one jersey at Spurs