Previous
Bayern Munich
TSG Hoffenheim
4
0
FT
Game Details
Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion
2
0
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Swansea City
2
1
FT
Game Details
Eibar
Real Madrid
0
4
FT
Game Details
Arsenal
Manchester United
1
2
FT
Game Details
Barcelona
Sevilla FC
5
1
FT
Game Details
Lazio
Juventus
0
3
FT
Game Details
Next
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Nov 26, 2013

AVB's Spurs playing like 'strangers'

Harry Redknapp has told talkSPORT that his former side Tottenham Hotspur appear “like a bunch of strangers” as reports suggest Andre Villas-Boas faces a fight to retain his job.

• Crace: Flaws can no longer be ignored
Darke: What's wrong with Spurs?

The Guardian reports that Villas-Boas is “clinging” to his position after Sunday’s 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, with chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis said to be losing patience with the head coach as he has “sought to blame everybody bar himself for the recent difficulties.”

It is suggested that Spurs must secure a positive result when they host Manchester United on Sunday if the board are to avoid making a change.

The claims follow a similar report in the Daily Mail, which added that the players were “furious” that the Portuguese said the team should be “ashamed” of the performance at the Etihad Stadium -- although defender Jan Vertonghen subsequently insisted the players still back the coach.

Queens Park Rangers boss Redknapp, who was replaced by Villas-Boas in the summer of 2012 after leading Tottenham to a fourth-placed Premier League finish, was critical of the display at City and said the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid had exposed flaws in the squad.

“For the first time, Tottenham did look like a bunch of strangers on Sunday,” Redknapp said. “They have got lots of attacking players. They have almost become overloaded with the same type of player.

“In the past, when they had Gareth Bale, he was such a fantastic talent that he would pull them out of trouble. There were lots of games where there were two minutes to go and suddenly a bit of magic from Gareth Bale and three points were in the bag. Well, they have lost that magic now.

“He was special. It has been difficult to replace him and that is a big problem for them.”

Nonetheless, he said he expected Spurs to “pick up” and felt the meeting with United was an ideal opportunity to do so.

“They have got a great game this weekend," he said. “If I was managing Tottenham, I would be happier playing Man United than I would Stoke. It's a game where Tottenham can have a real go. I'd rather have that than a game playing a team that you are expected to win against and it goes wrong again.”

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.