December 9 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was disappointed with his side’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal this afternoon but insisted they can take a lot of positives from the game.
Spurs lost midfielder Etienne Capoue - signed from Toulouse in a £9m deal - to a suspected broken leg during the second half, but Villas-Boas was not too downhearted by the result.
He said: “It was always a competitive game with chances to both teams, but I think the game really changed in the second half.
“I think for Arsenal to finish with four full-backs means something to us, to our domination that we kept on trying to get the equaliser and obviously drawing was never going to be enough we wanted to win here.
“But I think they had that clinical ability in front of goal to score and then to take the result through so in the end it’s a good win for them.
“It showed great spirit from the players to approach the game in such a courageous way in the second half, there was some good determination there so in the end this can help you through the season.
“To expose Arsenal in this way in the second half is such a good example for us.”
Spurs smashed the club transfer record three times this summer bringing in the likes of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and £26million striker Roberto Soldado, with the signing of Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest confirmed on Friday.
Tottenham’s summer spending spree passed the £90million mark when they completed the signing of Erik Lamela from Roma and they also brought in Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen from Ajax on Friday night.
Villas-Boas admitted his squad could take a bit of time to gel, adding: “It’s difficult as we don’t have time to do that (gel).
“We a Europa League game on Thursday night and we play again Sunday. We will always recover from the game before so we don’t have really enough time at this moment to put the team together
“I think this was something Arsene spoke about in his press conference, but we had individual quality out there on the pitch.
“The players did extremely well.”
With just under 20 minutes left, Spurs midfielder Etienne Capoue suffered an injury following a clash with Santi Cazorla and was carried off on a stretcher with his ankle placed in a brace before being replaced by Sandro.
Villas-Boas believes the injury does not look good for Capoue and added: “He’s being ex-rayed now, it doesn’t look to go so we’ll just have to wait for a bit more information.”