Tottenham Hotspurs manager Andre Villas-Boas launched an astonishing verbal attack on members of the press present at his post-match conference after his side’s enthralling 2-2 draw with Manchester United.
AVB has been under siege for the past week after Spurs were mauled 6-0 at Manchester City last weekend and he was made the book-makers favourite as the next manager to get the sack this week as well.
The Portuguese tactician was clearly still in a foul mood following last weekend’s humiliation at the Etihad, and he finally had his retribution after enduring a difficult week with the press.
“I think it’s clear I don’t think I have been given enough respect,” said AVB.
“People insult my integrity, my human values, my professionalism and one of these people sitting here. It insults the success I have achieved at the clubs. I don’t think it’s fair, it’s a lack. It’s a lack of respect and an attack on a person’s integrity.
“I know it comes with the 6-0 thrashing but the more important thing is the team and the team responded with a good performance today.”
Villas-Boas then took offence with the particular reporter in question, and had this to say: “You always chase people and attack people and you don’t attack them from the front you attack from sitting down with the things you write.
"You attack integrity and competence when you don’t even know that person. Only when I give you the chance to meet me can you reach conclusions like you did.”
AVB may have been spoiling for a fight, and his mood would not have been helped by his side’s error-strewn performance against the defending champions, as his side practically handed United both goals to see the match end 2-2.
Right-back Kyle Walker went from hero to zero when his miscued clearance inadvertently set up Wayne Rooney to score, and goal-keeper Hugo Lloris needlessly charged off his line to clip United forward Danny Welbeck in the box, with Rooney again on hand to slot home the resulting penalty.
The beleaguered manager however chose to focus on drawing few positives with what was otherwise an impressive showing against a side that was unbeaten in their previous 11 encounters, and also questioned the penalty awarded against Lloris, hinting that perhaps Welbeck played for the penalty instead.
“The unity is there and the organization is there. We need to find the efficiency on our finishing situations and I think when that happens we will bounce back.”
“It’s difficult because Hugo doesn’t raise his hands and the ball is going to the side,” said AVB on the penalty incident.
“We have seen a couple of players who have stuck out a leg to make contact (with a ‘keeper). I don’t think the referee was in a great position to see it, he was too far away.”
The 2-2 draw meant that Spurs are now ten points behind league leaders and north London rivals Arsenal ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Fulham, while the Red Devils are nine points off the pace with the visit of Everton yet to come.
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