Andre Villas-Boas has hit out at critics of his approach, including former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar, after the club’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United, the
Villas-Boas was responding to criticism that followed Spurs’ 6-0 defeat by Manchester City last weekend, with Sugar publically condemning Tottenham’s tactics. Villas-Boas also called for the press to end what he felt were personal attacks.
Sugar had said: “You wonder how we are going to get a goal. Four, five or even six games before [the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City] you couldn’t see where the goals were coming from,” adding he hoped Sir Alex Ferguson would come out of retirement to take over.
Villas-Boas replied: “The pressure that surrounded us this week was aggressive and agenda driven. You see there is obviously an agenda that goes against Tottenham’s results.
“We have to remind people that we are on the brink of the semi-finals of the League Cup, the last 32 of the Europa League with 15 points and in a position in the League that is not decisive yet. So at the moment there should be some respect.
“A couple of people insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism, insult the success that I have achieved in other clubs and I don’t think it’s fair,” the former Chelsea boss added. “I think it’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity.”
Following the draw with United, Tottenham are ninth in the table with 21 points from their opening 13 games of the season. It was only the third time in the league this season that Spurs scored more than a single goal in a game – the others were in 2-0 wins over Norwich and Aston Villa.
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