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Spurs' AVB Demands a Little Respect
Guardian, December 2nd, 2013 3:15PM

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Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas railed against his critics on Sunday, claiming that he deserves more respect after his team tied Manchester United 2-2 at White Hart Lane in his club’s first Premier League game following the 6-0 thrashing it received at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad the weekend before.

In an interview with reporters, AVB pointed out that Spurs have qualified for the second-phase of the Europa League as well as the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup, but the team’s Premier League position is “not decisive yet,” and yet specific members of the British press have sought to insult “my integrity, my human values, my professionalism … insult the success that I have achieved in other clubs and I don't think it's fair. I think it's a lack of respect and an attack on a person's integrity."

He went on to compare his struggles as Tottenham manager to those of David Moyes at Manchester United and Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. "You can easily compare situations," Villas-Boas said. "We have sat above Man City before and above Man United before and we haven't seen any kind of these personal attacks to somebody, so I think that is unfair. It's something that obviously comes with the 6-0 thrashing but more important is the team and the response and I think the players did that in great, great fashion."

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