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The Spurs boss suggested his side had a "lack of characters" and needed to show "a bit more gut" in the 4-0 loss at Stamford Bridge

Tim Sherwood has defended his criticism of Tottenham's players after last weekend's defeat at Chelsea, claiming: “I’m their manager - not their babysitter."

Spurs were thrashed 4-0 at Stamford Bridge following a series of calamitous defensive errors that led their rookie coach to question the mental toughness of his team.

Ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League quarter-final first leg against Benfica, however, Sherwood defended his attack and suggested that his players should be strong enough to cope with with some flak.

He told reporters: "You can't get out-fought and out-desired. I don't want to see that again. I won't tolerate less than 100 per cent desire.

“I’m their manager, not their babysitter.”

Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas as Spurs boss on an 18-month contract in December 2013, admits his future at White Hart Lane remains up in the air, but is planning to remain at the club beyond his current deal.

"[There are] No guarantees," he said. "I've got an 18-month contract ... and expect to be here a lot longer than that."

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