Tottenham latest: AVB with possible changes, midfielder says criticism unwarranted

A round-up of the news related to Tottenham Hotspur on this Friday evening.

Midfielder Sandro has said that critics should leave Andre Villas-Boas alone because he doesn’t deserve criticism at this stage of the season.

Sandro told the Evening Standard: ‘The manager is a great guy, a great coach and will be fine. It’s unfair for him to be under pressure and he doesn’t deserve it.

‘It’s normal in football to have to live with expectations. It’s our life. We are under pressure all the time so footballers and the coach have to win. Now because we are a big team the pressure on us to win is even greater but we are not in a bad position.’

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Emmanuel Adebayor could return to the side at his former club Manchester City this Sunday.

Villas-Boas said he is likely to go with one man up front for the game at the Etihad Stadium, and added: ‘They [Roberto Soldado, Jermain Defoe and Adebayor] are very near each other at the moment and it could be a possibility that even Ade could play that game.

‘These are all decisions that we have to take. We don’t have enough reasons at the moment not to trust Soldado and Defoe because they’ve been excellent.’

Despite saying he is only planning to play one striker, the Spurs boss has said his side have been training in a 4-4-2 formation according to the Daily Mail.

‘We’ve trained with 4-4-2 during this international break, we played a game against a local team over here last Friday playing 4-4-2. We probably can move to it in the future.

‘I’m unsure if this is the right time, bearing in mind the fixtures that we have, coming up against Man City and Man United, if this is the right time to change.’

Winger Andros Townsend has told the club’s website that everyone is focussed going into Sunday’s clash with City, as Spurs look to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.

He said: ‘City is going to be a hard game regardless of the team they play and if they’re at home or away.

‘It’s always going to be a tough game so it’s up to us to match them and hopefully get the win.’

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