The former White Hart Lane midfielder blasts a media 'witch hunt' against the Portuguese and believes Spurs can have a successful term after historically beating Manchester UnitedFormer Tottenham midfielder Micky Hazard has praised Andre Villas-Boas' spirit and passion after becoming the first Spurs boss in over 23 years to beat Manchester United.
The 34-year-old had faced criticism mere weeks into the season after an inconsistent start for the north London side, and Hazard has blasted the media for leading a "witch hunt" against the former Chelsea boss.
He told talkSPORT: “AVB has taken a lot of flak and the press seem to have had a witch hunt against him, so I’m delighted for him [to get a win at Manchester United]. I love his passion. When we score a goal he’s like a fan – and fans loves to see that.
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“He’s been under a lot of pressure, there’s no doubt about that, and the knives were out, but he stood firm, made some fantastic signings in the window and we look a good side now.
“The players have brought into it, adopted the way he wants to play. And when we have to dig deep and battle, we can do it.”
Hazard also hailed the strength in depth available to the Portuguese tactician and believes the north London club could be celebrating success come the end of the season.
“Look at the squad – it looks powerful and strong,” he added. “You can virtually put two teams out in the Premier League and they’d hold their own. It must be great for AVB to have that situation.
“I see power and goals throughout the team and there’s no reason why Spurs can’t have a very, very successful season.”