Andre Villas-Boas came under severe criticism when manager of Chelsea. However, since joining London rivals Tottenham last summer the tactician has shown why he won four trophies with Porto in his only season in charge of the Portuguese giants.
AVB has done a great job with the squad he has inherited from his predecessor Harry Redknapp. This year Spurs had only two strikers, a misfiring Adebayor and an injured Jermaine Defoe, yet they finished with a record points haul of 72.
Spurs have lacked a natural playmaker all season, with the exits of Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric in the summer, Moussa Dembele, Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson were brought in as replacements but have struggled to fill the void left by them.
AVB has introduced a winning mentality into the Spurs squad and they now have a never say die attitude. As a consequence they have stopped conceding late goals and instead they have been scoring last gasp winners.This can be attributed to the introduction of tactics into the squad something which was previously lacking.
AVB also took Spurs to the quarter finals of the Europa League which was a significant improvement from the previous year when they did not progress beyond the group stages. Last September, the Portuguese head-coach guided the club to its first win at Old Trafford in 23 years, beating Manchester United 3-2 in a pulsating encounter, and also recorded big wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.
AVB must also be credited with Gareth Bale's rise to stardom. The Portuguese head-coach has utilised Bale in a more central-role this year and has even shifted him to the right in certain games.
This has helped the Welsh winger score a record 21 Premier League goals, no Spurs player has achieved this feat since Teddy Sheringham in the 1992/93 season.
The Tottenham head-coach has done exceptionally well given the cards he has been dealt with. In the previous two transfer windows Spurs missed out on both Joao Moutinho and Leandro Damiao AVB's top two transfer targets because of the club owners' reluctance to spend and so he is yet to stamp his authority on the squad.
Overall it is clear that after a successful first season at Spurs, with the right financial backing, Andre Villas-Boas can take Spurs to the next level and maybe even challenge for the title.
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