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The Portuguese coach's Tottenham Hotspur side were annihilated 6-0 by Manchester City over the weekend, prompting further questions after their unconvincing displays this season

It was not an afternoon for Tottenham Hotpsur manager Andre Villas-Boas to remember on Sunday as he watched his team get demolished 6-0 at Manchester City.

A error from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris resulted in a goal from Jesus Navas after just 13 seconds, setting the tone for what would transpire next at the Etihad Stadium. An own goal from Sandro followed, before Sergio Aguero grabbed a brace and Alvaro Negredo then made it 5-0, with Navas rounding off the scoring in the final minute of added time.

The Portuguese coach struggled to explain the defeat after the game, although it was clear to everyone how absymal the defending was. Despite spending £100 million in the summer on the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue, they languish ninth in the table currently.

Spurs have scored a paltry nine goals, with only the bottom two side of Crystal Palace and Sunderland faring worse. They have failed to win any of their last three league matches, and question marks over Villas-Boas's ability is starting to increase.

However, a majority 60.2% of Goal Singapore readers believe that the 36-year-old Portuguese coach should be allowed more time when asked whether the former Porto and Chelsea manager knows what he is doing. They have a point, seeing as Spurs were severely weakened by the departure of superstar Gareth Bale to Real Madrid in the summer, and that the new players brought in need time to gel.

The remaining 39.8% were not so understanding as they feel AVB should get the sack after their unconvincing displays this season, which has seemingly exposed his tactical naivety and lack of ideas.

With Manchester United up next at home on Saturday, Villas-Boas will hope for a more positive result to lift the gloom at White Hart Lane.

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