Upton Park

Next Game

West Ham v Tottenham

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Villas-Boas takes positives

Andre Villas-Boas believes the pressure Tottenham Hotspur put Arsenal under during a derby defeat bodes well heading forward.

Last Updated: 01/09/13 at 20:32 Post Comment

Spurs came unstuck at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, with Olivier Giroud grabbing what proved to be the only goal of the game.

A setback at the home of their arch-rivals saw Tottenham's perfect start to the season brought to an abrupt halt, but Villas-Boasa remains upbeat.

He told Sky Sports: "I think in the first half they had good chances, us as well.

"It was always a competitive game, with chances for both teams, but I think the game really changed in the second half. For Arsenal to finish with four full-backs means something to us and our domination.

"We kept on trying to get the equaliser. Drawing wasn't going to be enough, we wanted to win here, but they had the clinical ability in front of goal to score and then take the result.

"There was good determination there and I think, in the end, this can help you throughout the season. To expose Arsenal in this way in the second half sets a good example for us."

Villas-Boas, who confirmed afterwards that Gareth Bale is to complete a move to Real Madrid, concedes that his new-look side, which has been assembled at great expense, will take time to gel.

He added: "It's difficult because we haven't had time to do that.

"We played the Europa League game on Thursday night and again on Sunday. We are always recovering from the game before.

"We haven't had enough time at this moment to put the team together. The players did extremely well, just not enough to come away with something."

A disappointing day for Spurs also saw them lose Etienne Capoue to a second half knock, and the midfielder could be facing up to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Villas-Boas said: "He is being X-rayed now. He doesn't look too good. We will just have to wait for a bit more information."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

am jealous but i do wonder why he's never done anything for barca and why they seemingly don't give two hoots that he's leaving. they clearly rate suarez more than him, that much is inarguable

bobsy
Sanchez Is A Game-Changer For Arsenal...

L

uis Suarez: on his way to Barcelona. Liverpool : on their way to the Conference.

wotyomamased
Liverpool agree sale of Suarez

D

aryl Janmaat, a cheaper alternative to Micah Richards? World Cup semifinalist versus Man City's backup, England's... what, fifth choice right back? That really hammers home the English premium.

harry hotspur
The Blank Gossip

Footer 365

Rob Witschge feels Luis Suarez is bound to succeed in Barcelona

Luis Suarez is bound to succeed at Barcelona according to one of the men who had a part in developing his talents.

Transfer news: Newcastle agree fee with Montpellier for Remy Cabella

Newcastle have agreed a fee with French club Montpellier to sign midfielder Remy Cabella, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: West Ham keen on Chelsea winger Christian Atsu, say Sky sources

West Ham are interested in taking Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on loan, according to Sky sources.

Mail Box

Alexis Sanchez: Really Not THAT Good

The backlash has begun: Why are Barca letting him go if he's any good? We have mails on Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez, the World Cup and the wonder of F365...

Stop Your Sobbing And Man Up...

Oh and honey, put the kettle on. We have more World Cup mails but it's mostly an orgasmic explosion at the signing of Alexis Sanchez. Could this be Arsenal's year?

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property