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Team ethic the key for Andre

06 November 2013|Tottenham Hotspur

Andre Villas-Boas insists our outstanding defensive form is all down to the team ethic.

We’ve racked up an impressive 13 clean sheets in 17 matches in all competitions so far this season.

The latest clean sheet at Everton on Sunday made it seven in our first 10 matches in the Premier League, the first time we’ve achieved that feat in league football.

Now the team can equal another record.

Another clean sheet against FC Sheriff in Thursday night’s Europa League Group K encounter will make it six on the trot in Europe - matching the only time we’ve done that before, on our way to lifting the UEFA Cup back in 1971-72.

"It’s all about the team ethic, the team work-rate and the fact we press from the front,” said Andre. “Everything starts from the forwards and that prevents the opponents reaching our goal.

“Everyone deserves credit for that. It’s good for the confidence and should be taken as something positive. The players all take inspiration from it.

“We hope it can continue. It will be difficult against some of the teams that are coming along, but we hope to take that confidence into Sheriff, Newcastle and then Manchester City.”