Tottenham’s Brazilian midfielder, Sandro, talks as he plays every game. He took a combative approach after the unexpected defeat to Newcastle at White Hart Lane last weekend. Like supporters, Sandro was deeply disappointed in the result and performance and with it coming ahead of a break for internationals it was even harder to accept with two weeks to wait until the next match.
After the game Sandro’s comments were reported in the Guardian. Speaking like a Spurs fan, the midfielder said,
The defeat, Spurs’ third of the season in the League, saw them drop to 7th place but that is only 5 points off top and three points behind Liverpool in second. Spurs with 20 points are level with Manchester United and Everton.
It will be a hard two weeks. I’m very sad. For me, when I lose I feel so bad, so when I go home I keep thinking about it…. A loss at home is difficult [to take] and now there’s a long wait.
When the League resumes after the internationals, Tottenham face tough challenges with a visit to Manchester City followed by a home game against United. A trip to Norway for the Europa League match with Tromso is fitted in between those two games. The fixture list is then packed with a further 8 games in December including a home match against Liverpool.
Sandro’s way of resolving the set-back against Newcastle is for the team to go on a winning streak.
If you see teams in the top four, they win a lot of games in a row, five or more. We still have to do it. We did it last season……Now it is the time to go to Manchester City and beat them, then Manchester United. We have to win these games.
Sandro said that Andre Villas-Boas and the players were angry after the Newcastle defeat but he believes that the players must adapt their game and develop more strength of character if they are to achieve the success that the club and its fans so desire. He is confident that Tottenham can win against City because if the team plays well, Spurs are capable of beating any team.
Sandro This Season
If every player was as committed and positive as Sandro, Spurs would have a team of winners. Sandro missed the second half of last season following his injury in January against QPR. He was greatly missed and at the start of this season he was still working his way back to full fitness. He impressed when given the opportunity in the Europa League and Cup matches and was deserving of his selection for the Premier League games. In the matches that Sandro has played since his recovery, no team has scored while he has been on the pitch. Spurs have won every game when Sandro has started except the scoreless draw at Everton when he went off at half-time with an injury problem.
Sandro talks as he plays, perhaps AVB should get him to take the team talks prior to the game and at half-time. He knows what he wants and leads by example and with total commitment.