AVB defends Vertonghen

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has defended Jan Vertonghen in the wake of Saturday's clash with Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

Last Updated: 01/10/13 at 23:52 Post Comment

Andre Villas-Boas: Backing Vertonghen over Torres incident

Andre Villas-Boas: Backing Vertonghen over Torres incident

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Belgium defender was involved in a running battle with Torres which culminated in the Spaniard's dismissal for a second yellow card - prompting Blues boss Jose Mourinho to launch a scathing post-match analysis of Vertonghen's contribution.

But with Torres waiting on the FA to rule on the incident that saw him raise his hands to Vertonghen's face, Villas-Boas has issued an endorsement of his player's 'values.'

The Portuguese coach told Sky Sports News: "Well I think the incident is pretty clear and people must draw their own conclusions from what they saw.

"What we have with Jan, he is only in his second year and he has become the captain of Spurs as well. He is one of our captains elected by myself and by the club because he has been that type of leader and that type of person for his last years with the national team and with Ajax. So he is a person that we hold high in the team.

"I'm extremely happy that most of the media saw the incident, knows about Jan's values and have decided to draw positive conclusions about him and about his character.

"So that's the end of the matter for us. We believe in the player a lot and we believe he is more than a great player and a great person."

Spurs are currently sitting just two points off the top of the Premier League with only Arsenal and Liverpool above them, but Villas-Boas expects a resurgence from the likes of champions Manchester United.

He said: "At the moment it's very, very tight. We've played Chelsea and Arsenal, most of the teams have played big teams already.

"Probably the most dramatic of calendars was given to Man United and maybe that's reflected on their position at the moment and the number of points that they receive, but now they have other fixtures that they can recover.

"Even so they come from a difficult result to take at home against West Brom so I wouldn't say that you can see any pattern at the moment but it's coming like we predicted at the beginning, it's going to be very tight at the top."

On rumours that out-of-favour striker Emmanuel Adebayor will be sent out on loan, he added: "At the moment he's come back into the team to train, which he hasn't done since the Hong Kong trip, so at the moment we are monitoring how the player develops his fitness and challenges for his place in the team. We're not considering anything."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be 'dream' to join Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be "a dream" to play for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea: Mourinho gives flops silent treatment

Jose Mourinho was so disappointed by Chelsea's defeat to League One Bradford that he dished out the silent treatment.

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Mail Box

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

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