Tottenham manager denies player rift rumours

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Andre Villas-Boas says reports that he has fallen out with a number of Tottenham's players are wide of the mark.

Several newspapers in the British media claimed on Tuesday that AVB was running out of time at White Hart Lane after a 6-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.

The Portuguese manager had criticised his players following the defeat, claiming they should feel ashamed for the level of effort and that he was embarrassed.

It was those comments that were believed to have caused a rift to form between the player's and the manager in north London but Villas-Boas has denied those claims.

Speaking to reporters, when queried about the alleged rifts, he said: "That can only come from creative minds."

Quickly moving away from the subject, AVB's biggest concern remains Tottenham's lack of efficiency in front of goal this season.

So far the Lillywhites have attempted 168 shots on goal - more than any other side - but have the worse conversion rate of 5.4 per cent.

"The only thing that we can hold on at the moment is the reality that we don't score enough and we are worried about it," said Villas-Boas.

"We have to promote situations where we can do better with our chances. Obviously this is something we are working on and going to continue working on in the future.

"It doesn't mean that problems like this can be solved because sometimes you go through periods, although you try and you create so many chances, you don't actually score.

"We have great scoring ability in our team; we are the team that creates the most chances in the Premier League, so the chances are there but we are not finishing them off.

"We don't put into doubt the quality of our strikers but we haven't found the finishing touch yet. The only thing that we can do is continue to work."

Villas-Boas doesn't believe the answer to Tottenham's problems up front lies in the transfer market and can't see any additions being brought in when the window reopens in January.

"(Roberto) Soldado, Jermain Defoe and (Emmanuel) Adebayor are all proven goalscorers, so we can't really get much better than these three.

"The only thing that we have to do, if we are not scoring from the opportunities we are creating, is making sure that we double the amount of opportunities we create to make sure a couple of them finish in the back of the net."

He finished by denying reports linking Defoe with a move to the MLS, saying he has no intention of letting the England international leave.

"I can't stop stories coming out (about Defoe)," he continued. "At the moment the feeling is that the player is happy, he wants to get into the Premier League team for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games.

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