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Andre Villas-Boas 'never doubted' himself during Tottenham's shaky start

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Andre Villas-Boas says he never doubted his managerial abilities during Tottenham's shaky start to the season.

The 34-year-old was given a second shot in the Premier League this summer following a torrid eight-month spell at Chelsea but his critics had further ammunition when Spurs failed to win any of their opening three games.

Tottenham were booed off after throwing away leads against Norwich and West Brom but three straight wins - notably at Manchester United last weekend - have followed to constitute a revival Villas-Boas always expected.

"I have never doubted my abilities, I always trusted them," the Portugese boss said.

"It's funny how things change so dramatically. The Premier League is completely unpredictable. We started the season (badly). We are now fifth from the top."

Spurs laboured against Panathinaikos days after their Old Trafford triumph so with league fixtures against Aston Villa and Chelsea looming, Villas-Boas has urged his players to refocus.

"We have won three (league) games on the trot. Now we go into two difficult home games," he added.

"We understand we made history by winning at Old Trafford, but if we want to take that step forward, we have to win the next couple of fixtures."