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Vertonghen denies Spurs row

26 November 2013 10:04

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has denied there are problems between the squad and head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Villas-Boas' side have failed to win their last three Premier League matches, their most recent outing seeing them thrashed 6-0 at Manchester City on Sunday.

The Portuguese claimed to be "ashamed" of the result afterwards, with subsequent media reports claiming his job at White Hart Lane could under threat as a result of the crushing scoreline.

Despite their humbling at the Etihad Stadium, Belgium international Vertonghen believes the players need to accept their share of the blame.

Asked if there was a problem between the players and Villas-Boas, he said: "Absolutely not. There are also no troubles between (individual) players.

"This (defeat) was painful. Also the way we lost. I've the feeling I want to play this game again.

"Not only the defence was to blame, the whole organisation wasn't there. The manager tries to make the right choices. Sometimes the choices turn out to be good, sometimes not."

Spurs take on Tromso in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday before hosting Manchester United on Sunday, with Vertonghen eager to make amends for the City defeat.

"We can solve the problem. We will talk and bounce back on Sunday against Manchester United," he added.

"It is a good thing we play Manchester United next (in the league)."

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Info

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

Tuesday 16 September

Monday 15 September

23:54
23:22
23:10
22:54
22:42
22:03
21:59
21:23
21:05
20:50
20:33
20:05
19:32
18:59
18:54
18:22
18:05
17:55
17:55
17:11
17:05
16:51
16:29
16:25
15:49
15:23
14:53
14:44
14:33
14:30
14:10
14:01
13:47
13:12
13:06
12:41
12:34
12:20
11:25
11:15
10:51
10:17
10:17
09:58
09:51
09:39
09:38
09:04
07:07
07:03
05:59
05:01
04:45
04:03
03:08
03:03
02:54
01:31
01:06
00:21

Sunday 14 September

23:56
23:33
23:30
23:28
23:13
22:46
22:30
22:20
22:09
21:43
21:35
21:02
20:55
20:54
20:42
20:25
20:17
19:57
19:06
19:01
18:49
18:34
18:13
17:41
17:33
17:28
16:57
16:31
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16:06
15:37
14:50
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13:35
13:27
13:24
12:51
11:44
11:14
10:24
10:19
07:22
07:19
05:28
04:15
04:01
02:05
00:30
00:07

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
4 4 +5 7
5 4 +3 7
6 4 +2 7
7 4 +1 6
8 4 +1 6

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