Tottenham have continued their resurgent Premier League form with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
The White Hart Lane faithful had to wait until the second half for the deadlock to be broken, with Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon both on target for the hosts.
Andre Villas-Boas chose to field Hugo Lloris instead of Brad Friedel, but denied that the France international would now become the side’s first-choice stopper.
“We spoke among the staff this week about it and we thought it was logical to let Hugo come into a Premier League game because he can’t just play in the Europa League,” the Portuguese coach told Sky Sports.
“Brad obviously was disappointed with the decision but accepted it like the good professional he is.
“Obviously the change was not based on performance because Brad has been immense for this football team,” he stated.
Spurs take on Chelsea next in a mouth-watering clash, and Villas-Boas is looking forward to locking horns with his former team.
“The ambition to be among the top teams we have is immense and it gives us a good opportunity against Chelsea.
“It’s obviously going to be a difficult game but we are showing good levels of competence and we hope to profit from the fact that we play at home, and profit from the fact that we play an unbeaten league leader. That will help on our motivation to try to beat them,” he concluded.
Spurs are in fifth place after the victory.