AVB hails versatile Bale ahead of Chelsea showdown
Tottenham chief AVB reveals the new cohesion in his side and praises his talisman Gareth Bale for his versatility
Andre Villas-Boas has paid yet more tributes to the his Tottenham Hotspur side for adapting to his style this season, and how Gareth Bale's central role is their lethal weapon.
Speaking to Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball, AVB spoke about Bale's performances this term, and how enjoyment has been one of the keys to success at White Hart Lane.
"Great, he has been outstanding this season. He has enjoyed his performances and that is vital for any football player," said the former Porto chief.
"Managers have to guard against limiting them through too much organisation, but that hasn’t been the case with Gareth who has played in a different position to the one he has played in before. Doing that has given him the chance to score more goals which has contributed to his wonderful season, plus he has the ambition to be at the very top."
Bale might have to invest in a new trophy cabinet or make room in his humble family home in Cardiff after all the honours he's won this year. The Welsh speedster has been razor sharp this season and his escalating improvement has been rightly rewarded.
AVB gave scope to Gareth's successful middle role, adding: "It was born out of an experiment in Baltimore, America when we played Liverpool in a pre-season game. Fortunately it is something that worked for us and due to a couple of injuries it was something that we had to keep trying. We fine-tuned Gareth to play there and he has been tremendous because his talent allows him to be adaptable.
"I’m not sure that the shift is definitive but it does give us the option of using him in different positions. At the moment, though, the goals he is getting are giving him the buzz to play there."
AVB explained the importance of keeping his players fresh and focused in their daily routines because all players are different, some spark off the midweek game pressure and adrenaline but once they were knocked out of Europe their habits changed as a club, so they started training all week to prep for weekend matches.
The former Chelsea coach expressed the reason for his Tottenham team's growing cohesion: "That is mostly down to them and their ambition to reach the Champions League.
"They were very unfortunate last season although it meant success for Chelsea which is always good for the English game. You can see how much these players want it, though, and you can see that power on a weekly basis."
Tottenham will travel to Stamford Bridge this evening in a match that will see the Portugese gaffer reunited with the team he once tried to coach. Chelsea will be aiming tokeep fourth-spot as the white side of north London perform under the lights tonight.
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