It was supposed to be Villas-Boas’s day off. Tottenham, as part of an effort to expand its brand, is on a preseason United States tour that includes an exhibition against the Red Bulls on Tuesday. And if Villas-Boas, fired by Chelsea right before the team’s run to the Champions League title, would not admit to being motivated by Chelsea’s success, he was motivated by the chance to lift Tottenham’s game and status.
Spurs had played Liverpool to a 0-0 draw on Saturday in front of more than 40,000 fans at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Tony Parks, an assistant, estimated the ratio of Liverpool to Tottenham fans was five to one.
“They’re a massive club, Liverpool, worldwide,” he said. “And we’re a big club, but we want to get on that same level.”