Villa-Boas, facing Chelsea for the first time since being sacked in March, saw Spurs undone by the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard.
AVB’s reign so far has been dogged by a mischievous press, but why Hugo Lloris isn’t his first choice and why Adebayor can’t get a first team start are questions that perhaps now need answering.
“The bottom teams can beat the top but surely at the moment they are top of the heap. There was individual brilliance from Oscar, Mata and Hazard, who were tremendous. I think the kind of form Chelsea are showing is what we saw from Manchester City last year. Manchester United caught them up a little towards the last minutes of the season so you never know what can happen.
“The players they have, the level of form they have and the fact that they are so connected with each other means they are so creative and you can only compliment teams that play like this.”
Friedel insists no problem exists between him and Lloris, and that Spurs were searching for someone to be the top goalkeeper at the club long-term.
“It was always in his (Villas-Boas’) plans to play me against Chelsea and I knew from the point he benched me against Aston Villa. The media wanted to make out that it was this big fight between Hugo and myself and the manager, but there was never a big fight,” he told sports illustrated.com.
“The fact is Tottenham have been looking for the last year and a half for a long-term number one goalkeeper. I don’t think they envisioned what my fitness levels would be at this age and I sort of surprised myself.”
He also reiterated that the competition between the two keepers is friendly and helps both players improve their game.
“It’s healthy, but there’s a competition. It’s friendly. It’s going to be a situation where Andre will choose a team that he feels will win the game on the day and that’s how it’ll be from now until the end of the season.”