Tottenham latest: Chairman backs Sherwood; defenders on Chelsea defeat

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

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has given Head Coach Tim Sherwood his backing according to the London Evening Standard.

Sherwood is thought to have been unhappy with the speculation surrounding his future at White Hart Lane, with the report indicating he would like to have greater clarity on where he stands given that a number of high profile names have been linked with his job at White Hart Lane.

Jan Vertonghen has said the side’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are not over despite Saturday’s poor second-half performance leading to a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea.

Vertonghen, whose slip and back-pass led to Chelsea opening the scoring, is quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: “Is it over and out for the Champions League now? I’ll never say that, but it’s going to be hard.

“I slipped away and thought Schurlle could take the ball. That’s why I tried to slide the ball to the goalkeeper.

“But accidentally, it seemed to be the perfect assist for [Samuel] Eto’o. It was the beginning of a hard night.”

Younes Kaboul – who was sent off during the weekend’s game – said he was upset the side ‘fell apart’ after they went 2-0 down.

He is quoted on the Tottenham Hotspur website, saying: “When you look at the game, if someone watched the first half and didn’t watch the rest, then saw the scoreline of 4-0, they would ask ‘what happened?'

I thought we started the game very well, the first half was good, we played some good football and could have scored with Nabil and Sandro.

“We started the second half as well but then we made a mistake, okay, then the second goal. For me, it wasn’t a penalty.

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