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White Hart Lane is finally a happy place again as Andre Villas-Boasâ€™ stock in North-London rises along with Tottenham Hotspurâ€™s move up the table. Spurs have won four games on the bounce in the Premier League to draw level on points with 4th placed Everton, a drastic change from the pessimism that surrounded the place after the clubâ€™s slow start to the season.
And, to make things spicy Tottenhamâ€™s next game, after the International break, is at home to Chelsea. Villas-Boas doesnâ€™t have fond memories of his short stint at Stamford Bridge and he is hell bent of proving Roman Abramovich and co wrong across London. The Portuguese has now proclaimed to ESPN that he is ready to throw the spanner into the works when the unbeaten table-toppers come a-calling.â€œIt's obviously going to be a difficult game but we are showing good levels of competence and we hope to profit from the fact that we play at home and profit from the fact that we play an unbeaten league leader to help on our motivation to try to beat them. â€œ
The confidence seeps from their improbable 3-2 victory against Manchester United two weeks back, which ended a 23 year winless at Old Trafford. Spurs enjoyed a similarly impressive run through the winter last season, only to be pipped for a Champions League spot by Chelsea, who qualified courtesy of their final victory against Bayern Munich, thus adding further drama to the upcoming encounter. Villas-Boas, like countless managers before him, is tasked with making Spurs a regular Top Four club and the ex-Porto man is seemingly up to the task.
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