White Hart Lane

Next Game

Tottenham v Liverpool

Sunday, 31 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

White Hart Lane

Last Game

Tottenham 3 - 0 AEL

Thursday, 28 August 2014, 19:45

Europa League Qual Play-Offs Round

AVB expects funds in the summer

Andre Villas-Boas has been assured he can spend this summer - even if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League.

Last Updated: 06/05/13 at 16:28 Post Comment

AVB: Assured he will have money to spend

AVB: Assured he will have money to spend

Andre Villas-Boas has been assured that he will have money to spend this summer - even if Tottenham do not qualify for the Champions League.

Despite their fortunate 1-0 win over Southampton yesterday, Tottenham still have a lot of work to do to ensure that they qualify for Europe's premier club competition.

Against Southampton Tottenham lacked imagination in midfield following the first-half withdrawal of Mousa Dembele, and they looked toothless up front until Gareth Bale scored a dramatic 86th minute winner.

The performance led to much talk among fans about the need for reinforcements this summer. Tottenham could do with a new striker, and reinforcements in midfield, while there is speculation that Villas-Boas is on the look out for a new left-back.

And it seems the Portuguese has been told he will have money to spend this summer regardless of where Spurs finish.

Asked whether he would have different budgets depending on whether he achieved Champions League qualification, the Tottenham manager said: "No. At the moment our future must be analysed in only one direction.

"For us, the objective is always to improve the team and for that to happen either we have Champions League money to make it easier, or we have to invest and risk a bit more.

"But the objective is always to better what you did last season. We have to have one direction only."

Villas-Boas immediately turned his attention to Wednesday's crunch clash against Chelsea, and after his team's performance against Southampton, no one can blame him.

The Saints were the better side for most of the game and would have been 2-0 up at half time had it not been for Nathaniel Clyne's narrow miss, and the finger tips of Hugo Lloris, who saved well from Rickie Lambert's excellent free-kick.

Given that he was sacked after just nine months at the helm at Chelsea, Villas-Boas would be forgiven for wanting to settle an old score with his former employers on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese insists that is not the case, however.

"I'm not sure (what it will be like to go back)," said Villas-Boas, who also worked at Chelsea as part of Jose Mourinho's backroom staff.

"I'm not sure if enough time has passed for me to feel anything. I was just another manager that passed by.

"Obviously I spent three great years there when I was on the staff but when I was given more responsibility I wasn't given enough time.

"I have great friends who I don't want to undermine by what I am saying and the players gave everything for me.

"It's fine because sometimes the only option is for a manager to go and I have discussed this at length.

"It would be excellent if we got the three points. At the moment it means absolutely nothing; it's just another opponent in our quest to try to get the nine points that we have to play for."

Bale stole the show once again yesterday to round off a remarkable week which saw him crowned PFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year.

Southampton right-back Clyne, who did a good job of keeping the 23-year-old quiet, was in awe of the Welshman's late winner.

"I think he's in the same league as (Lionel) Messi and (Cristiano) Ronaldo," the England Under-21 full-back said.

"He's done really well this season and previous seasons as well, and in Europe as well.

"He's a player that can just get the ball and just pick it up and run with it and score. I personally rate him as being one of the world-class players."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe joins Derby on season-long loan

Liverpool have loaned forward Jordon Ibe to Sky Bet Championship side Derby County for the 2014-15 season.

Transfer news: Juventus confirm Arturo Vidal will stay despite Man Utd link

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Arturo Vidal will not be joining Manchester United this summer.

Transfer news: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep Fernando Torres

Jose Mourinho says Fernando Torres is part of his plans and that the striker has not told him he wants to leave.

Mail Box

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

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