Tottenham latest: Dembele backs Sherwood, Vertonghen denies play acting

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Friday evening.

Mousa Dembele has said the players will be happy if Tim Sherwood remains Tottenham manager beyond this season according to the Evening Standard.

There has been speculation surrounding Sherwood’s future beyond this campaign with Italy boss Cesare Prandelli and Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal both being linked to the role.

Dembele has said the team has played better since Sherwood took up the managerial reigns. He said: “I think we’ve played better as a team and we’re all good in training. We’ve adjusted a few things that didn’t work for us, so we’re happy with this.

“Would I like him to stay long-term? That’s not for me to decide, but how it looks now I think the team has confidence, we’re playing much better and of course everybody’s happy. After that the club has to decide, but as a team right now I think we’re very happy.”

Jan Vertonghen has denied any play acting in last night’s 3-1 Europa League triumph against Dnipro, which means Spurs meet Benfica in the last 16.

Vertonghen went down after an altercation with Dnipro’s Roman Zozulya, which meant Zozulya was given his marching orders and said they ‘had a thing’ for much of the game.

The Belgian defender is quoted, saying: “It was fair until then. We had some one on one duels. I walked into him and he gives me one. Then I go down. It could have been the turning point [in the game].”

Andros Townsend hailed the attitude of the side that managed to turn the tie around and book Tottenham’s place in the last 16.

He told the club’s website: “We were looking to start fast and we were playing well, but unfortunately we just couldn’t get the breakthrough.

“Then in the first few minutes of the second half, to go 1-0 down was a massive blow to us. But it was great character on show from the lads to get the three goals we needed and it’s a fantastic result.”

Departing striker Jermain Defoe has said he couldn’t have left Tottenham for another Premier League club as heads to MLS side Toronto FC.

Defoe said: “It will be difficult when I leave but that’s part and parcel of playing football, players move on. I’m also looking forward to the next challenge.”

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