Football

Afternoon Report: October 28

Andre Villas-Boas claimed his side had to battle a difficult atmosphere inside White Hart Lane before seeing off Hull. Spurs took the three points with a late Roberto Soldado penalty but AVB felt the crowd's nerves affected the players.

Per Mertesacker has urged his Arsenal teammates to maintain their form ahead of a testing run of fixtures. The Gunners face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday before taking on Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United.

Branislav Ivanovic believes Fernando Torres is getting back to his best after the Spaniard's impressive display against Manchester City. Torres scored the winner in a match-of-the-match performance against City, a display Ivanovic described as "brilliant".

David Moyes has jumped to the defence of Nani after the winger was booed off during the late win over Stoke. The United star was jeered as he was replaced by Adnan Januzaj in the 58th minute, but Moyes insists Nani still has an important part to play in the squad.

Andres Iniesta thinks Barcelona's El Clasico win will be a 'big boost to the team's motivation'. Barca beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Nou Camp to open up an early six-point lead over their fierce rivals in the league.

Manuel Pellegrini is sick of losing 'stupid points' after City conceded a late goal to Chelsea. The City boss refused to blame individuals after Torres capitalised on a defensive mistake to steal a 2-1 win for the Blues.

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