Andre Villas-Boas says he made the right decision in dropping Jermain Defoe for Tottenham's 2-1 defeat against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Defoe bagged a hat-trick in mid-week against Maribor to add to his five Premier League strikes so far this term, however Villas-Boas opted to hand Adebayor his first league start of the season against his former club, a move which ultimately back-fired as Spurs fell to their third league defeat in four games.

Spurs took the lead thanks to a first-half header from Steven Caulker but fell behind to a Sergio Aguero goal and a late Edin Dzeko strike. The loss leaves Tottenham in 7th place in the league, three points adrift of Everton in 4th place.

Villas-Boas admitted it was a tough choice to leave Defoe out of the game but insists he did it for the benefit of the team as a whole.

“It was very difficult to leave Jermain out. It was part of the strategy we had for the game," he said.

“Individually Adebayor had a good performance. I think Jermain understood it was for the best of the team.”

Tottenham must now pick themselves up from the defeat in time for the north London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next weekend, before a key Europa League showdown against Lazio five days later.

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