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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists Brad Friedel still remains part of his future plans after he dropped the American goalkeeper for the 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Hugo Lloris was surprisingly handed his Premier League debut with Friedel making may and the Frenchman performed well as second-half goals from Steven Caulker and Aaron Lennon sealed victory for Spurs.

"No," the Spurs boss replied when asked whether Lloris was now his number one.

"We spoke among the staff this week about it and we thought it was logical to let Hugo come into a Premier League game because he can't just play in the Europa League.

"Brad obviously was disappointed with the decision but accepted it like the good professional he is."

The Portuguese will consider recalling Friedel for Spurs' next game against Chelsea in two weeks' time.

"Obviously the change was not based on performance because Brad has been immense for this football team," the 34-year-old said.

"We respect that and we will surely look at that for the game against Chelsea."

Villas-Boas hopes his side can continue to climb the table with victory over their London rivals.

"The ambition to be among the top teams we have is immense and it gives us a good opportunity (against Chelsea)," he said.

"It's obviously going to be a difficult game but we are showing good levels of competence and we hope to profit from the fact that we play at home, and profit from the fact that we play an unbeaten league leader. That will help on our motivation to try to beat them."