Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas discusses the security concerns that marred Spurs’ 2-0 away win over Anzhi Makhachkala in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
AVB admits that it was distracting to see some trouble escalate in the stands and has praised the Russian police for their swift action in calming the situation among the Anzhi support at the Saturn Stadium.
Goals from Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli continued our 100% start in the Europa League and now the focus switches to West Ham’s visit to the Lane on Sunday.
AVB told the post-match press conference (on security issues during the match): “It’s always scary because it distracts the players in the pitch and probably the Anzhi players’ families in the stands (find it) difficult to see situations like this happening. I think that it was pretty quick that the police got it under control.”
(On the result): “Very good first half were we were in control. Always tricky because Anzhi looked to be threatening on the counter attack. So giving us the ball and the initiative and then attacking the spaces when we lost the ball but I think through what we did in the first half, we deserved the result.”
(On West Ham): “We’ll try to have a minimum sleep tonight but from Friday to Saturday a good sleep and recover the players for West Ham so we will just prepare for that game on the day of the game and basically give the information to the players.”
Have something to tell us about this article?