After a difficult week for everyone at Tottenham, the players have spoken out in support of their under-pressure manager, Andre Villas-Boas. A week of intense media pressure on Andre Villas-Boas brought a strong reaction and response from the manager in his post-match interview following the draw with Manchester United on Sunday. He described the reporting against him in the media as being ‘aggressive’ and ‘agenda-driven’ and he regarded some of the articles as personal and attacks on his integrity.
Now some of the Tottenham players have spoken out of the difficulties for all of them following the heavy defeat at Manchester City ten days ago and have given their backing to their manager.
Mousa Dembele was one of the players who accepted their responsibility for the debacle at City even though he didn’t start the game and was one of the few players to make an impression when he came on as a substitute in the second half. In an article in the Daily Mail he was quoted as saying,
Everyone is professional enough to know that last week was a scandal. It was not only embarrassing for the manager, but for us as well. People were laughing at us after that performance. we had to man up and I think we did.
Right back, Kyle Walker, admitted that the players were hit badly by the result. He said,
I didn’t sleep much that night. The players know we have to dig deep.
The Brazilian midfielder, Sandro, who is totally committed on the pitch has shown leadership and drive off the pitch as well when speaking out in support of the manager. He commented,
He knows we are here. We have to play for him. We have to stay together in the bad moments, It was the worst week I has in my career.
Speaking to SkySports News Brad Friedel also supported AVB. He said,
There has never been disunity in the squad. The squad is together and the whole team and all the players back the manager. He’s a very good manager. Everyone was upset after the 6-0 loss, we were upset at losing out on the three points and embarrassed at the scoreline, but we stuck together. Our performances against Tromso and Man United showed what team spirit we do have.
Now having spoken out in the media to back their managers, the players need to demonstrate it at Craven Cottage this evening in their performance and commitment against Fulham. Nothing less than a win will do to avoid the media renewing their stories of discontent in the Tottenham squad and of new names being linked as possible successors to Andre Villas-Boas. It is still trying times for everyone at Tottenham.