Tottenham’s AVB refuses to criticise Andros Townsend
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas refuses to criticise Andros Townsend for diving
Andre Villas-Boas insists he doesn’t need to speak to Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend about his diving.
The England Under-21 international was cautioned for simulation during a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Following the London derby, Townsend vowed to kick that element out of his game after being previously criticised for similar incidents.
And Spurs manager Villas-Boas is happy with the midfielder’s own determination to “correct himself”.
“I didn’t speak to him because I thought his own words were quite understandable, and to me that is the end of the story,” Villas-Boas said.
“His pace is absolutely incredible, so you can easily understand, as with Gareth Bale, that any contact might affect the balance of the player.
“But I don’t think we have enough examples to call him a cheating player.
“I think he was right to correct himself straight away.
“In regards to the future, it will come with actions, not with words. But I’m sure someone who comes out with such a strong statement is able to continue to avoid that part of his game.”