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Platt: City have nothing to prove

Created on 11 Nov., 2012 11:49 PM GMT

Manchester City first team coach David Platt insists his side has nothing to prove after beating Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday.

City were forced to come from behind after going 1-0 down to a Steven Caulker header with Edin Dzeko once again popping up at the death to steal the win.

The win is yet more evidence of City's championship-winning credentials and comes after some sections of the media cast doubts over the club's ability to defend their title.

However Platt says City are not motivated by proving their doubters wrong.

"I don't think we're playing to answer questions to be honest, we're playing to win football matches. That's what our focus is," he said.

"We don't get motivated because people want to say things outside of our camp and things, we just get motivated by the fact there's a football match to win that gets us three points.

And Platt was happy with City's response in the second half, praising his side's ability to stick with their passing game even when they were down.

"I think it shows there's a belief that we don't go under, that we keep playing our football," he said.

"That's the danger I think as well when you're in a game against Tottenham, you're 1-0 down at half-time, you come out in the second half and I thought there was a period after 10 or 15 minutes where we started to get, it's almost as if our play was a little bit desperate.

"We didn't need that, we had sufficient time to play.

"We had to still construct our attacks, get people into advanced positions close together so we could get numerical superiority but it quickly fizzled out. There was a sense, I thought we were going back to front a little bit too quick for about five minutes but then we sorted that out."

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas echoed Platt's comments, saying his side struggled to deal with City's work rate.

Villas-Boas said Spurs had found it difficult coming to grips with their opponents' high defensive line and heavy pressing.

"The plan before the game was to try and hold on to the ball a bit more, to have possession and try to connect up and link the wingers," he told Sky Sports.

"It was difficult because Manchester City's line was very high and they pushed us very well, so it was difficult to make that second pass in the link up play."

Villas-Boas controversially left Jermain Defoe on the bench despite his hat-trick in midweek against Maribor in the Europa League, but defended his decision to select Emmanuel Adebayor in attack for the fixture.

"In the end, he (Adebayor) had a positive impact regarding the structure we put together," said Villas-Boas.

"It's a pity we didn't get a result in the end."

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