Tottenham boss Villas-Boas defends benching Defoe
Villas-Boas was criticised by former Spurs men Glenn Hoddle and Jamie Redknapp for his bizarre decision to axe Defoe.
He said: "It was very difficult to leave Jermain out. It was part of the strategy we had for the game.
"Individually Adebayor had a good performance. I think Jermain understood it was for the best of the team."