Tottenham Hotspur ready for Inter Milan test
Europa League preview: Inter know all about Gareth Bale's qualities, but there's more to Spurs than the Welshman
Andre Villas-Boas will be hoping that in-form Gareth Bale can produce a performance similar to the one he managed the last time these two sides met, when Inter Milan come to White Hart Lane in the Europa League on Thursday.
Bale has been sensational in recent weeks, leading to comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo (to the extent where he is now imitating the Portuguese man's free-kick technique) and will undoubtedly be key if Tottenham are to progress in the competition - but the current Spurs side is far from a one man team.
AVB has bought more organisation and determination to the talented side he inherited, and the duo of Moussa Dembele and Scott Parker in midfield are key. Since the injury to Sandro, who had been playing fantastically alongside the Belgian, Spurs are yet to lose a game - an indication of the fantastic understanding between the two. They have helped provide a base which allows Bale the freedom to flourish, and ensures he is not just a gifted talent carrying an erratic supporting cast.
With Parker's experience and Dembele's youthful exuberance and natural physical gifts which enable him to cover immense amounts of ground effortlessly it is a midfield match made in heaven. With a solid keeper in France international captain Hugo Lloris, and a returning to form Michael Dawson accompanied in defence by perhaps this seasons best Premier League full-back Kyle Walker, AVB has built a Spurs side which has become frighteningly difficult to beat, without losing the explosive attacking football delivered by the likes of Lennon and Bale.
With the spine of the team functioning so effectively, the stage is set for the young Welshman to reinforce his growing reputation at home with another glittering European performance.
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