Tottenham boss Villas-Boas slams 'creative' rift reports

The Portuguese is said by some to be under pressure after Sunday's 6-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City but is focused on improving his side's scoring rate
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed talk of a rift between him and his squad.

Reports have suggested that the former Chelsea and Porto boss is close to the sack after a run of three Premier League games without a win.

Sunday's 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City has piled the pressure on Villas-Boas, whose side have scored nine goals from their 12 league matches, fewer than any other team in the top half.

Asked by reporters about the claimed disharmony, the Portuguese replied: "That can only come from creative minds.

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"The only thing that we can hold on at the moment is the reality that we don't score enough and we are worried about it," he admitted. "We have to promote situations where we can do better with our chances.

"Obviously this is something we are working on and going to continue working on in the future. We have great scoring ability in our team; we are the team that creates the most chances in the Premier League, so the chances are there but we are not finishing them off.

"[Roberto] Soldado, Jermain Defoe and [Emmanuel] Adebayor are all proven goalscorers, so we can't really get much better than these three.

"The only thing that we have to do, if we are not scoring from the opportunities we are creating, is making sure that we double the amount of opportunities we create to make sure a couple of them finish in the back of the net."

Defoe has been linked with a move to MLS side Toronto in January after finding first-team chances limited and Villas-Boas accepted that there would be talk of a transfer while he remains out of the first team.

"I can't stop stories coming out," he remarked. "At the moment the feeling is that the player is happy [but] he wants to get into the Premier League team, for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games."