AVB calls for improvement

Andre Villas-Boas has called on Tottenham to step up their performance for the trip to Chelsea.

Last Updated: 05/05/13 at 13:27 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Wants more from his Tottenham players

Andre Villas-Boas: Wants more from his Tottenham players

Andre Villas-Boas has called on Tottenham to step up their performance for the trip to Chelsea after watching his team complete a fortunate late win over Southampton on Saturday.

Tottenham kept the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea with a 1-0 win over the Saints, but they did it the hard way, leaving it until four minutes from time to find the winner, which inevitably, came from the left boot of Gareth Bale.

Spurs looked lake a pale imitation of the team that stunned Manchester City into submission a fortnight ago - they lacked width and creativity while Bale was anonymous until his 25-yard strike stole all three points for the hosts at the death.

A win at Chelsea will see Spurs leapfrog Arsenal and put Villas-Boas' team in pole position to secure a top-four finish.

But the 35-year-old, who will be returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since he was sacked as Chelsea boss, knows his team will have to put on a better display if they are to win their first game at Stamford Bridge since 1990.

"We didn't play well in the first half, but we deserve (the three points) after what we did in the second half," the Tottenham manager told Spurs TV Online after the game.

"We improved and Southampton closed the spaces, they gave us lots of difficulties, but we got what we deserved in the end.

"Today was probably not about the performance. It was about getting the result.

"It was not the 'Spurs way', but in the end it keeps us in the frame and hopefully we will improve, and play better against Chelsea. It's a big, big game."

Spurs were so poor in the first half that they were lucky not to be 2-0 down by the break.

Nathaniel Clyne volleyed wide unmarked after Rickie Lambert sliced open the Tottenham back four, and shortly afterwards the top English scorer in the Barclays Premier League hit a post from a free-kick thanks to the fingertips of the excellent Hugo Lloris.

Given the form of their rivals, Villas-Boas admits Tottenham may have to win their remaining games against Chelsea, Stoke, and Sunderland to secure Champions League qualification.

He said: "It will be extremely difficult, but if we achieve these nine points we will be enjoying Champions League football next season.

"That is our aim, but we understand that other teams are improving and it will probably go down to the wire.

"The three points gives us a wonderful opportunity against a team that is fighting for the same objectives as us."

Bale's strike, which came on his 200th appearance for the club, meant that he became the first Spurs player since Jurgen Klinsmann to reach 20 league goals in a season.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino was moved to reassess his claim earlier in the week that yesterday's opponents were not a one-man team - "Maybe, I made a mistake," he said.

The Saints boss, whose side sit four points above the relegation zone, could not hide his admiration for the award-winning forward, who came through the famed academy at the south-coast club before moving to Tottenham in 2007.

"We didn't deserve to lose but one special, amazing moment from Gareth Bale and all that hard work was undone," he said.

"We played a really good game and there were phases in which we were superior, especially in the first half. But we needed to certify that with goals and we weren't able to do that.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company