Andre Villas-Boas admitted he was "ashamed" after his team were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City, with the Tottenham boss preparing to come under significant pressure.
The manner of Tottenham's defeat at the Etihad Stadium set alarm bells ringing for a side who have now scored just nine goals in their first 12 Premier League games and saw their impressive defensive record damaged by a rampant City.
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Villas-Boas did his best to offer up some excuses after the mauling at the hands of Manuel Pellegrini’s men, but his general tone was apologetic as he faced reporters following his worst result as a Premier League manager.
"It is a bad moment. We have to be ashamed of the result," stated the former Chelsea boss. "To lose 6-0 is extremely embarrassing. We have high expectations for the season and losing to a rival by that score line is always difficult.
"A defeat like this tends to stick more to your career than the good things you achieve. It was a difficult start for us. There was immediate shock after 15 seconds and after that, everything you had in mind goes down the drain.
"It was difficult for us, there is not a lot of positives after that. We had a good spell of reaction after we suffered the early goals, but everything happened so quickly.
"The concentration was not there. Everything went wrong for us, every opportunity was a goal and we paid a heavy price, too much for what we deserved.
"City were excellent and we were extremely poor. My responsibility is to lift the players, there is always another game coming. We have to give a response."
Villas-Boas did his best to suggest his side are still within touching distance of their ambitions.
"The only thing that is astonishing in this league is that surprising results can happen," he added. "City are on four defeats. We are on four defeats, at such an early stage in the season.
"The December and January results will be vital in how the league will finish. At the moment you can be third or ninth. That is the reality."
The scale of the defeat for Tottenham saw British bookmakers slash the odds on Villas-Boas being the next Premier League manager to lose his job, with the Spurs boss now second favourite to be sacked behind Fulham's Martin Jol.