Spurs should be ashamed - AVB

LONDON - Tottenham Hotspur's players should be "ashamed" according to manager Andre Villas-Boas after his faltering side were pummelled 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday.

The north Londoners had only conceded six goals in their previous 11 Premier League matches this season but capitulated after going behind after 15 seconds.

Two goals from Sergio Aguero and two for Jesus Navas, as well as one for Alvaro Negredo and Sandro's own goal, made it a miserable afternoon for Portuguese Villas-Boas in his 50th Premier League game in charge of Spurs.

It was Tottenham's heaviest league defeat since a 7-1 loss at Newcastle United in 1996 and Villas-Boas, who led the club to their best ever Premier League points total last season, has the job of trying to arrest a slump that has seen Tottenham fall to ninth in the table.

"We have to be ashamed of ourselves, and react to a defeat like this," Villas-Boas told the BBC.

"It was a difficult start for us. After that, everything you had in mind goes down the drain.

"There are not a lot of positives. We had a good spell of reaction after we suffered the early goals, but everything happened so quickly.

"Our only chance came in the first half. If it goes to 1-1 it is a different game."

Tottenham were undermined by a mistake from keeper Hugo Lloris which allowed Navas to score virtually from the kickoff.

"There is an immediate shock after 15 seconds," the Portuguese former Chelsea coach said.

"The concentration was not there, but the reaction of the players was positive. Everything went wrong for us, every opportunity was a goal and we paid a heavy price, too much for what we deserved.

"City were excellent, and we were extremely poor."

Tottenham now have a trip to the Arctic Circle to clear their heads when they take on Tromso in the Europa League.

"My responsibility is to lift the players, there is always another game coming. We have to give a response in the Europa League." – Reuters

Comments (5)

My responsibility is to lift the players, there is always another game coming. We have to give a response in the Europa League." – that is your Trouble AVB, taking the Europa league more seriously thatn the EPL, the EPL is where its at and you should be concentrating on trying to keep in that top 4, No one would have minded a defensive display yesterday, Capoue and Sandro sitting in from of the back 4, playing a lone ADE up front to bring in the other midfied players on the break.

Billysboots - 25 November 2013

good players,bad tactics,no service to saldado,

james - 25 November 2013

WHAT DID ANYONE EXPECT?THE 2CD WORST SCOREING LINE AGAINST BY FAR THE TOP SCOREING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.PLUS OUR GREAT GOALY HAVEING A MARE OF A GAME.THAT KNOCK WITH TOO FREQUENT GAMES TOOK TOO MUCH OUT OF HIM.

TONY - 25 November 2013

We know AVB likes to think out side the box when it comes to the modern way of playing, but can someone PLEASE tell him you need to score goals to win games. stop looking at more mid field players and get someone who can battle INSIDE the box, either that or move the goals to the half way line

Ericg - 25 November 2013

At last, a result to reflect the the boring ,unadventurous football we play. Is AVB so stubborn he cannot see that we need TWO forwards.

garry rogers - 25 November 2013

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