Tottenham: Andre Villas Boas Under Pressure After Humiliation Against Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur has been humiliated(5-0) this Sunday on their home ground of White Hart Lane by a Liverpool team led by an unstoppable Luis Suarez. This defeat comes three weeks after another humiliating defeat (6-0) against Manchester City and puts a huge pressure on manager Andre Villas Boas, who could be on his way out of White Hart Lane.
After their humiliating defeat at Manchester City, Villas Boas’ men had reacted rather well, earning a point against Manchester United at home and beating Fulham and Sunderland, making their fans very optimistic before hosting a Liverpool team without Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, who are both injured.
Unfortunately for Spurs fans, their players were completely outplayed by an irresistible Liverpool team. Suarez twice, Jordan Henderson, John Flanagan and Raheem Sterling gave Liverpool a memorable victory. This defeat makes Villas Boas’ future very uncertain. The Portuguese manager was already said to be on his way out after the defeat against City, but his team’s good run of games saved his job.
After the defeat against City, AVB, as he’s called in England, decided to make tactical changes, abandoning his high line that cost him his job at Chelsea almost two years ago. This Sunday, the former FC Porto manager decided to go back to that suicidal approach and it backfired. His defenders struggled to cope with the runs of Suarez, Henderson and Sterling behind their back throughout the game.
After selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid for 91 Million Euros and spending more than 100 Million Euros in the transfer market, some of their signings like Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado (both signed for 30 Million Euros) are struggling to adapt to the Premier League. Soldado has scored four goals in 14 games, but three of those were penalties. Only one goal in open play in 14 games is a very poor return when you pay 30 Millions for a striker.
The team’s biggest problem this season has been their inability to score goals; they have scored only 15 goals in 16 games in the Premier League this season. Only Hull City, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Sunderland and Cardiff City have done worse. In comparison, Suarez has scored 17 goals for Liverpool in just 11 games.
After being trashed by City three weeks ago, AVB kept his composure and brought his team back on the right track. Even though Tottenham is just five points behind fourth place City, this new humiliation could be very costly for the Portuguese manager who could find himself out of North London very soon.
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