Tottenham manager apologises to fans after 6-0 hammering by Man City
Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four were dealt a blow on Sunday when they were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
November 24th, 2013
Jesus Navas got the ball rolling seconds after kick-off as the home side ran riot, with Tottenham unable to cope with the front pair of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.
Andre Villas-Boas cut a dejected figure on the touchline and didn’t mince his words after the match, admitting that he felt ashamed to witness such a performance from one of his teams.
Tottenham had come into the match with a proud defensive record on the road, although that lies in tatters and any hopes of claiming the Premier League title this season have surely gone.
“Every attack was a goal-scoring opportunity for them, we weren’t at our best and we have to be ashamed of ourselves after this,” he said. “My emotions are not very important. I don’t need to point out individuals, but to lose 6-0 is extremely embarrassing for anyone involved in that.
“It is difficult to explain. Everything went wrong for us from being one of the best defences in the country to conceding six goals, it is very hard to find an explanation. Our game plan and motivation was immediately affected by conceding after 14 seconds. After the first 20 minutes when we could have got back into the game, we lost control of the situation.
“Lots of teams have reacted well to coming back into games after half-time,” he said. “We needed a goal early [in the second half], but it didn’t happen and that was a killer when the fourth went in. Our head went after the fourth goal.”
Spurs sit ninth in the table and, while they are only eight points behind leaders Arsenal, they have lost two consecutive Premier League matches after previously being beaten at home to Newcastle.
“It is two defeats in a row,” said Villas-Boas. “We are still close to teams who share our objective, everything can change again, so we can get a lift from three points. But we have to get back to work and focus on our mistakes.”