Andre Villas-Boas insists Tottenham's season will not fall to pieces despite their humiliating north London derby defeat.
Tottenham's ambition of finishing above Arsenal was made to look like nothing but a pipe dream after they were routed 5-2 by their bitter rivals at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring after 10 minutes but he then ruined his team's chances of securing an upset when he was sent off for a reckless sliding tackle on Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal romped to victory with goals from Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Cazorla and Theo Walcott. Yet Villas-Boas is adamant that his team will not be crushed by the defeat. He said: "When you are poor, it can do damage, but when you play like this I don't think it can."
When asked whether he thought the result flattered Arsenal, Villas-Boas said: "A little bit, because we were playing three against three at the back.
"The result looks like Arsenal were a very attacking side but it's down to circumstances in the game.
"One team is losing, tries to invert the result, exposes themselves a bit more and is playing with 10 men, with three at the back.
"That obviously makes a difference but we took on the challenge, we risked it and that's why we are proud of each other.
"It's extremely difficult to play here. Had we suffered one more goal, it wouldn't change what we felt.
"We felt we had a go. We felt that things that could have fallen our way fell Arsenal's way.
"We compliment Arsenal for the result but we have a lot of belief in each other."