After having been handed a humiliating and demoralizing 6-0 defeat away from home last weekend by Manchester City, Tottenham responded in positive fashion by winning 2-0 in Europa League play on Thursday and then drew 2-2 against Manchester United in Premier League play on Sunday.
Yet the story of the game will not be about how Tottenham looked like a much improved team in attack or the sensational goal scored by defensive midfielder Sandro, but rather comments made by coach Andre Villas-Boas that only shine a negative light on him.
His comments questioned the assembled media about their professionalism while accusing them of looking to sabotage him and undermine his authority. This tirade was the latest misstep by Villas-Boas and as a result, he is creating a hot seat around his job.
Some of the events that led to this include, but are not limited to questioning the support of the Tottenham fans after a home win, and his comments after the infamous Everton game where Hugo Lloris was clearly concussed but was allowed to continue playing. After that game, the coach suggested that he had no care for the welfare of his player and spoke in a very cavalier manner to further push forth that belief.
After Sunday’s latest tirade, it is not hard to see why the Guardian had an article which claimed that the Tottenham board was losing patience with Villas-Boas’ management and were thinking of potentially firing him if there was no improvement soon. On top of that, there have been rumblings that the players themselves have been imploring for Villas-Boas to switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation away from his preferred 4-3-3 given the lack of scoring chances Tottenham had created up until the game against Manchester United.
What we are seeing now with Villas-Boas is oddly familiar as it was similar tirades and player unrest that led to him being fired nine months after having been in charge of Chelsea during the 2011-12 season. While it initially seemed that he may have learned from his Chelsea experience, that’s now seems to not be the case.
There is no question that Villas-Boas is a good coach who is one of the most astute and knowledgeable when it comes to tactics, but it is clear that his inability to adjust and be flexible with his tactics has seen Tottenham struggle to generate scoring chances, despite a splurge in offensive talent during the summer.
That said, Villas-Boas cannot react or behave in the manner in which he has done recently, and doing so has only served to create a self-fulfilling situation where his job is at risk.