Some key stories involving Tottenham Hotspur from today
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas praised his side’s defensive unit after picking up a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
It was Spurs’ seventh clean sheet after ten league games and AVB said on the club’s website: ‘The team is bonding well defensively, we’re very organised and do not allow a lot of chances to be created against us. That is very good for us.’
Despite the praise for his defensive unit, Villas-Boas seems prepared to sign another defender in the January transfer window in the form of Real Madrid left-back Fabio Contreao, according to the Evening Standard and the Metro.
Spurs tried to land Contreao in the summer but are preparing a fresh bid in January on loan. Jan Vertonghen has been used in the left-back role but has admitted that he prefers playing in his natural position at centre-back.
Vertonghen said: ‘I can play left-back and I can help the team at times. But everyone knows I am not a left-back. Once there are injuries, I’m the first to fill in the gap. Sometimes it’s better if you can play in only one position.
‘You can see with the other players. These guys specialise in one position and they can completely concentrate.’
Right-back Kyle Walker has put Spurs’ impressive defensive record down to hard work on the training ground.
He told the Spurs website: ‘Our job is to defend and keeping a clean sheet is like scoring a goal for us.
‘We work hard in training throughout the week and it’s paying off. If you put hard work into anything you’ll get the rewards.’
Brain scans have shown no signs of long-term damage but he will be assessed before Tottenham’s Europa League match with FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
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