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Villas-Boas struggles to explain heavy Tottenham defeat

24 November 2013 18:03

Andre Villas-Boas branded Tottenham's 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City as "extremely poor" and "difficult to take."

Jesus Navas put City in front after just 13 seconds and things went from bad to worse for a lacklustre Tottenham side as ruthless City ran riot at the Etihad Stadium.

Sandro scored an own goal before the prolific Sergio Aguero helped himself to a brace. His striker partner Alvaro Negredo got in on the act with a stunning goal of his own and Navas completed the rout with his second goal right at the death.

Big things were expected of Spurs at the start of the season, but this was their fourth defeat in the Premier League and they are now down in ninth place.

Villas-Boas was baffled by such a heavy defeat that he did not see coming.

"(It was a) difficult start, conceding after (almost) 15 seconds puts your plans in doubt, it's difficult to take," he said. "I think we had a very good reaction to the (opening) goal, that’s probably the only positive of the game we have.

"Everything went bad for us, from being one of the best defences in the country to suffering six goals, there's not a lot I can say.

"City were excellent, we were extremely poor today, and we paid a big price. From the moment we suffered the fourth goal we mentally weren’t playing the game."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
24 November 2013
Game week
12
Kick-off
14:30
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
6 - 0
Venue
Etihad Stadium (Manchester)
Attendance
47228

Goals

1 - 0
Sandro (OG) 34'  
2 - 0
S. Agüero 41'
(assist by Jesús Navas) 
3 - 0
S. Agüero 50'
(assist by Y. Touré) 
4 - 0
Negredo 55'
(assist by Fernandinho) 
5 - 0
Jesús Navas 90'+2
(assist by J. Milner) 
6 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
30
26
22
5
33
8
42 45'
15 1' 90+2'
25
16 41' 50'
9 55'
Coach: M. Pellegrini
# Player Bookings
25
4
5 38'
20
2 45+1'
7
8
14
30 20' 34'
9
11
Coach: André Villas-Boas

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
6
14
7
1
2
10
60
# Player Bookings
10
19
22
6
17
18
24

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