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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Andre Villas-Boas insists he is not concerned by Tottenham’s failure to score a Premier League goal from open play so far this season.
Roberto Soldado scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in both of the 1-0 victories over Crystal Palace and Swansea, while Spurs drew a blank in their 1-0 derby defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.
However, Villas-Boas said: “I don’t think it’s a concern, absolutely, because we had 20 shots against Palace, 20 shots against Swansea and 16 against Arsenal.
“We had more possession in all of the games than the other teams. To have penalties is a consequence of our attacking football. In the end the goals came in another way, from a penalty kick.
“Last season we had lots of goals scored from open play and lots of goals scored from outside the box. At the moment the pattern is that we have been getting penalties to finish off our [attacking] situations but I’m not worried whatsoever.”
Meanwhile, Spurs’ head coach says it will take time for his new-look squad to gel, and he maintains that the club’s goal is the same as last season - a top-four finish - while any talk of the title is over-ambitious.
“Our objective is the same – it’s Champions League qualification,” said Villas-Boas. “It never crossed our mind to do anything different, bearing in mind the changes we have made.
“This is the minimum requirement towards what we want to achieve. I think our level of expenditure in the transfer market raises expectations but they have to real, not false, expectations. This is my point of view.
“We don’t have the experience to deal with the pressure of a team that plays for a title. We have never done it in recent years.
“We will compete, as usual, for the Champions League places, providing we assume the responsibility of having failed in that objective the season before, and we want to do better this season.
“We have evolved because we have invested a lot in young players and we want to develop a strong team to be among the elite of English football. That’s what we strive for.
“It’s very difficult to think of how much time it’s going to take [to gel together]. I think what makes it easier for us is the number of games that we have coming into September and October, because it’s with games that we have the opportunity to put the players together and for them to get to know each other.
“In training it’s been very difficult because of the international fixtures. October will be the same, but we have these five fixtures in September that allows us to have the opportunity to throw them onto the pitch and see them develop.”
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