Andre Villas-Boas: Arsenal defeat was difficult to take

Andre Villas-Boas admits he found Tottenham's defeat by Arsenal in the north London derby difficult to swallow

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Andre Villas-Boas's side take on Norwich on Saturday Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC

Andre Villas-Boas admits he found Tottenham’s defeat by Arsenal in the north London derby difficult to swallow but is confident his side will bounce back against Norwich City.

Spurs were beaten 1-0 by their north London rivals at Emirates Stadium earlier this month as Olivier Giroud’s first-half goal handed Arsenal all three points.

But Lilywhites boss Villas-Boas feels that a home clash against the Canaries on Saturday is a good opportunity to return to winning ways after securing victories in their opening two games.

“I’m happy with the start we have made, but losing to Arsenal is never easy for any Spurs fan so now we have to make sure we bounce back,” Villas-Boas said.

“Whatever result we had against Arsenal that would not effect how we approach our next game against Norwich. We have to concentrate on winning that one.

“It was good international break for us – we have not had any injuries so we are looking forward to getting back into action this weekend.”

Tottenham, who saw Gareth Bale leave the club for Real Madrid earlier this month, have been billed as possible contenders for the title this season following a number of new signings at White Hart Lane.

But Villas-Boas believes that Spurs’ new boys will need time to gel and adapt to the rigours of the Premier League and feels talk of a title challenge is premature.

“The circumstances are difficult,” he said. “The investment that we have made raises expectations in people but what we have to do it create a team that bonds together.

“That takes time and we see that our opponents are one step ahead as they have players who have been together for many years; that is an advantage that we don’t have.

“I think we have invested a lot in young players that have real potential. Obviously we will have to work with them to make sure they develop into the world stars that we think they can become.

“All of them have great ambition to succeed and win titles which is one of the criteria that we wanted. Now it is about creating a team that bonds together and assumes the responsibility of winning those titles. This is what we have now and hopefully we can get a good response.”

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