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Vertonghen denies player rift with Villas-Boas

ESPN staff
November 26, 2013
Spurs firing blanks

Jan Vertonghen has insisted there is no rift between Tottenham Hotspur's players and their head coach Andre Villas-Boas.

Tottenham suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, meaning the club are now three Premier League matches without a win.

On Tuesday, the Daily Mail reported that Villas-Boas is under "mounting boardroom pressure" after a summer of significant spending has so far yet to pay dividends on the pitch.

Vertonghen, though, has stressed there is no problem with their boss, as the side looks to refocus ahead of matches against Tromso in the Europa League and Manchester United on Sunday.

"If there's a problem between the players and the manager? Absolutely not," Vertonghen told the Guardian. "There are also no troubles between [individual] players. This [defeat] was painful. Also the way we lost. I've the feeling I want to play this game again.

"We even could have conceded more goals. This is a painful experience, but it's just a snapshot. Not everything is lost. Not only the defence was to blame, the whole organisation wasn't there. The manager tries to make the right choices. Sometimes the choices turn out to be good, sometimes not."

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