Vertonghen denies fall out between Tottenham players and Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has dismissed suggestions that a fall out between the players and Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas was the cause of their heavy defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, the Guardian has reported.

Spurs were hammered 6-0 by City, falling behind within seconds of the kick-off after a Hugo Lloris miskick, as Jesus Navas and Sergio Aguero claimed doubles and Alvaro Negredo notched one for himself. Tottenham midfielder Sandro suffered the ignominy of scoring an own goal but Vertonghen denies there is any problem between the squad and Villas-Boas.

Absolutely not. There are also no troubles between [individual] players,” the Belgium international replied when pushed on the subject. “This is a painful experience, but it’s just a snapshot. Not everything is lost.

Not only the defence was to blame, the whole organisation wasn’t there,” Vertonghen continued. “The manager tries to make the right choices. Sometimes the choices turn out to be good, sometimes not.

Vertonghen also rejected the supposition that his performance was not up to scratch because he has been forced to play at left-back. “That I was playing as a left-back is not important,” he said. “Our left-back is still out for a few weeks, so only when he’s back I will be playing in a central role again.

Tottenham are ninth in the Premier League table after the rout, two points but five places adrift of City. The defeat saw Spurs’ goals against column double from six to 12, and their goal difference tumble to minus 3, with only nine goals scored in the league so far this season.

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