Tottenham manager refuses to blame Emmanuel Adebayor for 5-2 defeat
Andre Villas-Boas saw his team come flying out of the traps at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, although Tottenham’s chances of victory were severely dented after Emmanuel Adebayor launched himself towards Santi Cazorla in the 17th minute.
November 18th, 2012
There was no dispute that the striker’s lunge was a red card offence and Spurs went from 1-0 ahead to 3-1 down by the interval, with the final scoreline 5-2 after Cazorla and Theo Walcott added further gloss to the scoreline in the second half.
However, Villas-Boas is refusing to lay the blame for the defeat at Adebayor’s door and strangely claimed after the match that Tottenham controlled the north London derby despite conceding five goals.
“The red card did not change the running of the game,” he said. “We felt at half-time [at 3-1 down], that if we could cut the margin to one goal … the stadium wasn’t with Arsenal, there was nervousness around … we felt that we could have a chance. At 4-2, we had chances for 4-3.
“Yes, we suffered but there were chances that, had we converted and brought the score to only one goal difference, it could have gone our way. We were very, very good from the first minute to the last, with 11 men and with 10 men. We were in control from the first minute to the last minute.
“There is nothing to say,” Villas-Boas said. “We understand that it could have been any other player on any other day. This is football. Challenges like this happen. I don’t think he was too wound up. We make the most out of players’ motivations. Ade was in full control of his emotions and in a north-London derby, you want players to be strong and brave. Ade did not go in to harm Cazorla. Cazorla is quick, he reacted and took the ball away before Ade’s feet met his foot.”