Tottenham must improve, admits Andre Villas-Boas after Basel draw

Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham must improve their displays after Spurs came from two goals down to earn a draw with Basel

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Andre Villas-Boas's Spurs are third in the table Photo: Back Page Images

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Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham must improve their performances after Spurs were forced to come from two goals down to earn a draw with Basel.

The north Londoners found themselves 2-0 down inside 35 minutes in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie at White Hart Lane.

However, Villas-Boas’ men managed to battle back through goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson to secure a 2-2 draw ahead of next week’s return leg in Switzerland.

But the Portuguese coach, who saw star man Gareth Bale carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury late on, says his side must do better ahead of the visit of Everton on Sunday.

“We’ve limited the damage,” said Villas-Boas. “We wanted to win but Basel played well, they had a fantastic night and they are probably one of the strongest teams we’ve seen at White Hart Lane.

“We had a two-goal disadvantage to overcome to get back into the game, we managed to do that and that leaves us with the possibility of still going through. It’s still there to be played for in the second leg.

“We recognise we have to do better and by this game, we are able to study and do our jobs better in the second leg.

“Everything is still open. Everyone believes. We’ve drawn at home but we’ve been good away from home this season, we always score away and we have to believe in that to get the goals we need to go through.”

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