“AVB feels much more at home at Spurs than at Chelsea”
Very few Spurs fans were jumping for joy when André Villas-Boas was offered the manager’s job at White Hart Lane last summer. But the club now sits fourth in the league, and supporters seem to be warming to the Portuguese coach. With the halfway point of the campaign almost upon us, the Life’s a Pitch sofa gang weigh up the contribution made by the 35-year-old so unceremoniously dumped by Chelsea last term.
“I get the impression Villas-Boas feels much more at home with Spurs than he ever did at Chelsea,” claims The People’s Dave Kidd. ”He seems more secure in his own skin, more comfortable with himself. The whole mood of the club seems to suit him better. Mousa Dembélé is possibly the signing of the season. He’s a brilliant all-round midfield player who’s very underrated by a lot of people. That was a masterstroke signing.”
Martin Lipton of the Mirror also believes Villas-Boas has moved to a club that’s more prepared to embrace his methods. “Villas-Boas has gone to a dressing room now that wants to be led, that wants to win, and who will be prepared to listen to everything if they think it will take them over the line,” he says. “Spurs have been close before, but close isn’t good enough; they want to start to win things.”
It’s not a complete AVB love-in, however. Ian Ridley of the Mail on Sunday thinks we should wait a little longer before casting judgement on the former Blues boss’ influence at White Hart Lane. “I’ve still got reservations and doubts about AVB. There is this rigidity about him. He may well be learning to relax into it, but the great coaches have more flexibility,” he says. ”To me, Tottenham are always on the edge of excellence or the cusp of a crisis. It’s one or the other; they don’t yet have the consistency they need to finish in the top four.”
The panel also discuss Tottenham’s prospective signings in the January transfer window.
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