Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has defended the decision to let Hugo Lloris continue playing on Sunday.
The Spurs keeper was knocked unconscious after a collision with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park. Yes we’ve all seen the quotes – but we’ve included the video below from AVB’s press conference and the Spurs boss was not a happy man speaking ahead of the FC Sheriff Europa League match.
AVB said: “My understanding is that I stand absolutely by the decision I took and I stand by the decision that the medical department took following the checks that they made on the player – all according to the book and I stand by the decision that gave us the green light for the player to continue.”
Launching an attack on those who found fault with the actions of club doctor Shabaaz Mughal and physio Geoff Scott:
“What is extremely disappointing is the fact that two persons – a great doctor and a great physio, who saved the life of Muamba – were heavily put into question by lots of incompetent people, with absolutely no experience on the pitch, no experience in the action, no experience in the moment. That is extremely, extremely serious.”
AVB also found time to talk about Thursday’s home Europa League match against Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol, hoping a win would give them some breathing space in the remaining fixtures:
“The December fixtures are incredible for us. it will be extremely difficult to go past that period and not avoid injuries, not avoid fatigue so we will have to be very, very careful. So the idea would obviously be to qualify tomorrow night, make that final step into those 32 teams and from then on try to have a little bit more rotation for those two fixtures remaining.”
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