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AVB: Unfair Advantage

Tottenham Hotspur coach, Andre Villas-Boas, has complained that his side have not been given a fair chance to compete in the Capital One Cup.

Spurs are set to face Aston Villa on Tuesday 48 hours after playing away to Cardiff in the Barclays Premiership.

Villas-Boas is now moaning that Aston Villa have an unfair advantage because they have had a day’s more rest.

“This is an impossible game for us to play, but hopefully our team spirit and motivation can get us through,” said Villas-Boas.

“It (the Capital One Cup) is not our absolute number-one priority, but I don't think we have been given a fair chance to play in this competition this year.

“It could be possible for the players who played against Cardiff to play this game, but I am not sure I want to risk the players who played getting a hamstring injury which could take them six weeks to recover from when the Premier League is more important.

“This team has not experienced having to play again after just two days and we have not been given the same chance as the other teams. So we will have to rotate our squad as the players who played in Cardiff will not be involved.

“We are struggling a little bit with injuries, but we have great strength in depth, although it is not going to be easy.

“It is difficult, the ideal situation for us would have been to play Wednesday.

“I understand the situation for the police with a number of matches being played in Birmingham, but we do not have the same chance as other teams.

“Villa will not have to do the same (in terms of squad rotation) as they played on Saturday, so they have had an extra day of recovery.”

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