Brilliance from Oscar, Mata & Hazard sunk Tottenham, admits Villas-Boas

The Spurs boss heaped praise on the trio after a six-goal thriller at White Hart Lane saw the visitors emerge victorious and continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admits it was the "brilliance" of certain Chelsea players that cost his side a Premier League win as a thrilling London derby ended 4-2 to the Blues at White Hart Lane.

The former Chelsea boss saw his side come from behind to take the lead but they ultimately fell to defeat as two Juan Mata strikes and a late effort by Daniel Sturridge sealed victory and Villas-Boas singled out the match-winners for the Blues.

“My reflection would be that; creativity and brilliance solved the game and Oscar, [Eden] Hazard and [Juan] Mata were brilliant,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports.

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“We came very strong in the second half, full of desire and ambition to turn things around – which we did. But, through individual brilliance and the creativity that Chelsea have, they always unlock defences and, when they committed themselves to it, they created problems and they went on to revert the result once again.”

However, the Portuguese was more concerned with his side getting back on track in the Premier League after a run of four victories came to a halt against Roberto Di Matteo’s table toppers.

“This is more about us at the moment. We are on an extremely good run of results that comes to a halt today but we have to bounce back because we have proven ourselves against top teams and did really well today," he added.

"When you have players of this commitment, this desire and this ambition, you have to bounce back from adversity and concentrate on the 30 games to come.”

Spurs' hopes of victory were dampened before kick-off with the news that Gareth Bale had pulled out of the game with his partner going into labour and Mousa Dembele also missing with injury but Villas-Boas says his team should have coped without their key men.

“Mousa’s absence and Gareth’s were surely missed but we have good players and very good options and I think, in the end, you saw how they behaved when they played," he said.

“Tom [Huddlestone] played extremely well, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson played extremely well and Adebayor, from the bench, played extremely well so the squad is good. We have good players and we take it as it is.

“It was a game full of emotion. It was very similar to the game last year when Chelsea came to White Hart Lane but with a different result.”