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

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

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."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

W

ow, that is so noble of you Rio. You're such an amazing guy, and so handsome too. Everyone wishes they were like the fantastic Rio Ferdinand.

Petulant_Radish
Rio: No grudge with 'gent' Moyes

T

errible night all round. This was a team there for the taking yet I fail to recall their 'keeper making a notable save. Sterling decided to have his worst game ever, Coutinho only provided about two good passes all game and Balotelli continues to frustrate. The less said about the set piece defending the better. Daniel Sturridge cannot came back soon enough. The lack of a real threat in the final third is so surprising, no killer pass, not testing...

jegz1uk
A Worrying Trend Of Liverpool Lethargy

Footer 365

Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in England-U21 squad for Croatia games

England U21 manager Gareth Southgate includes Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in his Euro playoffs squad.

Premier League: Vincent Kompany defends Manchester City colleague Yaya Toure

Vincent Kompany has defended Man City team-mate Yaya Toure from criticism over his form, saying he remains a key figure.

Transfer news: Barcelona's Dani Alves hints at move to Premier League next summer

Brazil defender Dani Alves says this is his last season at Barcelona as he will move to the Premier League next summer.

Mail Box

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

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