AVB Backing Emmanuel Adebayor Despite Tottenham Data

AVB Backing Emmanuel Adebayor Despite Tottenham Data

Emmanuel Adebayor will be handed the job of lifting Spurs into third place tonight .

AVB Backing Emmanuel Adebayor Despite Tottenham Data

The striker has scored just once in the Premier League since November and will be relieved to hear boss Andre Villas-Boas claim that the Prozone statistical approach to football is “useless”.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is among the many managers who remain devotees of the player analysis resource.

But AVB, whose side play Big Sam's West Ham team tonight, would rather rely on his own footballing instinct and the evidence of his own eyes.

The Spurs boss said: "I don't use it because I don't believe [in it]. Normally players are related to tasks and certain tasks might not achieve specific physical data that rewards premium efficiency in terms of a physical performance.

"But if they do the tasks properly it's what you want as a football team. You always have to be very, very careful with statistics.

"It doesn't mean that we negate them completely; we just don't use them to the extent that people might think.

"For me it's useless, but it depends from coach to coach and it's different, different approaches.

"The mind and how the player feels is much more important for us, rather than statistical data.But the Tottenham chief maintains his players have even more of an incentive as Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City means Spurs could go third.

“It's a difficult game at a difficult stadium," he said, "Full of passion and emotion.

"It's not going to be easy but we are on a good run. Hopefully we can get three points and be third at the end of the week.”

Villas-Boas also insists the Europa League will not affect his side's bid to stay on course for the Champions League.

Spurs have won all but one of their five League matches after their European games so far this season.

And with Inter Milan to come in the last 16, AVB believes it will be more of the same. He went on: "It won't really be difficult.

"I think the boys are really committed to their Champions League objective. It's a weekend where Manchester City meet Chelsea so it can give us a unique opportunity to be third.

"I think the boys will be up for it. We have done well after the European ties.

"We have a good week ahead with West Ham and Arsenal, games that are maybe easier to prepare in terms of motivation for the players."

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