Tottenham midfielder Sandro has told critics of boss Andre Villas-Boas to back off.
Spurs spent big in the summer but have failed to really get going after 11 games. They currently sit in 7th place in the Premier League, and although they're just three points off 2nd-placed Liverpool, they've only managed nine goals in 11 league games.
Villas-Boas was also been critical of the Tottenham supporters after his side's 1-0 win against Hull last month, all of which has prompted some fans to question his methods.
However Sandro believes the former Porto boss deserves credit for the job he's done at White Hart Lane so far.
“The manager is a great guy, a great coach and will be fine. It’s unfair for him to be under pressure and he doesn’t deserve it," he told the Evening Standard.
“The coach helped me a lot when he came [in the summer of 2012] because my English was still only so-so. I could understand it but when he came we could communicate in Portuguese and he helped me with my game.
“It’s normal in football to have to live with expectations. It’s our life. We are under pressure all the time so footballers and the coach have to win. Now because we are a big team the pressure on us to win is even greater but we are not in a bad position.
Tottenham travel to the Etihad Stadium this weekend to take on Manchester City, a ground which they haven't won at since 2010, while Manuel Pellegrini's side are yet to lose at home this term.
“Many people are saying Manchester City will win the League but we are actually above them in the table," the Brazilian continued.
"They have been going through a similar situation of not winning games people think they should.
“This will be the game for us. We have a feeling about it. We are going to be strong and we have confidence. We lost our last game against Newcastle but we’re still strong. It will be a great match.”
He added: Everyone knows they are a top team with top players but we are, too. We’re going to fight to win there.
“Everyone has to think like this. They have won every match there so far so it will be hard but we will go there with no fear.”
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