Cristian Stellini has claimed that there was not too much wrong with Tottenham’s performance against Aston Villa last weekend and called on everybody at the North London club to stick together during difficult moments.
There was a lot of doom and gloom surrounding Spurs following the 2-0 loss to Villa, which saw the Lilywhites drop out of the top four spots.
However, Antonio Conte’s men did manage to respond in the perfect fashion with a morale-boosting 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.
A section of the Spurs fan base has been extremely critical of the club’s hierarchy over the last week, with supporters chanting for Daniel Levy to resign in the last two matches (Guardian).
Stellini remarked that the fans have the right to express their opinion but he insisted that everyone at the club needs to stick together when results do not go their way.
When asked about the ‘Levy out’ chants, Tottenham’s assistant first-team coach told Football.London: “This type of situation creates inside a behaviour to be compact, we need togetherness.
“We have to be together in this situation, create this behaviour, and we are proud to be together and to work. If we have to show something, it’s to be compact, and that’s it.
“We can’t argue with the fans. The fans show what they want, but we have to be compact, to show to the fans that we are ready to play a tough game and play well like we did at Crystal Palace. ”
Stellini argued that Tottenham delivered a very good performance for the majority of the encounter against Villa, insisting that luck deserted the side last Sunday, and praised the players for the way they responded against Palace.
He added: “I don’t think it was a disaster that match [against Villa]. We played a good game. Maybe we were more unlikely than other times. The team played a good 60 minutes, very good.
“We had not many chances but Aston Villa played a great game defensively and they had one opportunity and scored. We want to play the type of match in the way we play. We have to score before, absolutely, but create the desire to stay compact.
“After the match we don’t talk about many things because you have to recover the energy, but the day after, we have a meeting, and for sure we speak about this.
“The board, Antonio, the staff, the players – you can feel they want to show to the fans that we are together, to bring them victories or a match like at Palace.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I certainly understand fans’ frustration with some of the decisions that the Tottenham hierarchy have made over the last decade. However, the reality is that the club cannot be accused of not backing the manager in the transfer market over recent windows.
It is also a fact that we would currently be sitting third in the Premier League table behind Arsenal and Man City had we won the game against Villa, which we should have.
So, to act like Spurs are in crisis, just two games after the Premier League restart, reeks of self-entitlement from some fans. Ironically, sky-high expectations have been created as a result of the club’s considerable rise in the Levy and ENIC era.
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