Why Tottenham Hotspur fans should be annoyed with AVB


As we pick over the bones of Tottenham Hotspur's 5-2 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, the post-match reaction of their boss was the most perplexing.

We don't blame Tottenham fans for taking the day off work this morning and avoiding all contact with their Arsenal supporting colleagues, suffering such a deflating, embarrassing, and clinical defeat twice in a row to their bitter rivals is an impossibly bitter bill to swallow.

One man who did not look happy at the final whistle was chairman Daniel Levy, and rightly so. Boss AVB said prior to the match that the chairman had been drumming into him the importance of the match.

So what went wrong? Because it seems to us that Villas-Boas is yet to really grasp the mindset of the Spurs fans so devastated at their team being overrun.

Picking Adebayor can at best be described as a gamble, and at worst cavalier, for it seemed he went with gut instinct, rather than any tactical nous of a top coach, based on form, or formations.

But team selection is not our issue with the manager, but instead- His post-match reaction- and we are not talking about his bizarre comments that Spurs 'controlled the game.'

No what stood out for us, was his sportsman-like, gracious, and smiley demeanour after the final whistle, even going onto the pitch to embrace Arsenal's heroes.

Can you imagine Sir Alex Ferguson, or even Arsene Wenger doing that?

Of course not, in fact Wenger, a notoriously bad loser would have shaken hands (perhaps) and stormed straight off down the tunnel looking haunted had his team been turned over 5-2 by their rivals.

In the words of David Brent, "Show me a good loser, and i'll show you a loser."

Seeing Villas-Boas embrace Santi Cazorla in the middle of the pitch after the game and smile, a player he has no past connection with, was just unbefitting of a manager who should have been fuming at his side's capitulation.

As we've mentioned it was very sporting, but surely Spurs fans would prefer he showed their passion, threw a right strop, kicked over a few bottles, and demonstrated that he understood how gutted they were to lose their second North London derby in a row 5-2?

What do you think? Would you have preferred AVB to have displayed his anger and disappointment? 

image: © Vladimir Maiorov

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