Friday 15 December 2017

Villas-Boas promises improvement

Andre Villas-Boas wants his side to get back to their best quickly
Andre Villas-Boas wants his side to get back to their best quickly

Andre Villas-Boas has promised Tottenham's disgruntled fans their team will not produce a repeat of yesterday's horror show against Wigan when they travel to Manchester City next weekend.

Spurs went in to Saturday's clash having won five of their previous six Barclays Premier League games, but they struggled to get even the basics right and were lucky to escape with just a 1-0 defeat. However, Villas-Boas is eyeing immediate reprieves in the next two games against the champions and then Arsenal.

"What we need to do is recover from this defeat. Emotionally for us it is very important for us to bounce back and we have the type of games that can have that impact," he said. "They are games against the top teams at their ground. These are teams with the same objectives as us. We will bounce back."

Tottenham looked a pale imitation of the side that dominated Southampton and beat Manchester United at Old Trafford at the end of September.

Wigan could have been 3-0 up by the time Ben Watson swept home from close range after Brad Friedel spilled Shaun Maloney's corner into the midfielder's path.

For a team containing Defoe, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, Spurs somehow lacked a cutting edge against their struggling opponents, with Ali Al Habsi having only one real save to make throughout the game.

But Villas-Boas denied that his team's poor creative showing meant he would have to enter the transfer market in January, citing the impact the likes of Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul could have when they return from injury.

"No, what we need in January is to recover the players we have injured," the Portuguese said. "We have a lot of players injured at the moment. If everyone recovers then we have a great boost in terms of what we have available."

Roberto Martinez, who has now masterminded Wigan's only two victories in history at White Hart Lane, is not convinced that Tottenham's poor form will last.

"In my eyes they will definitely be in the Champions League spots, and should be challenging for the title," the Wigan boss said. "They won at Old Trafford. When you do that it's clear the team are at an outstanding level. They have world-class players."

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