Gareth Bale is backing Tottenham Hotspur to do well this season, and has given his support to former manager Andre Villas-Boas in an exclusive interview with BT Sport.

The Welshman moved from the North London club in the summer of 2013, joining his dream club Real Madrid and playing alongside such stars as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema; along with working under Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.

But, in an exclusive interview with BT Sport, the 24-year-old stated he still has a large interest in Tottenham's season, and is keeping tabs on their performances in the Premier League.

"I have been watching a lot of matches. They have been playing some good stuff, but they have been very unlucky in front of goal, and haven't been clinical enough," he said in a press release sent to GiveMeSport.

This season, Spurs have only scored 11 goals in their 14 league matches, with their last result ending in a 2-2 draw at home to Manchester United. It coincided with the exit of the number 11, who was a key source of Spurs' goals last season; scoring 21 goals in 33 games.

Bale also believes AVB's side need a little bit of luck to go their way, as they battle for a top four spot in the English top flight.

"I think they have created the most chances in the league, and on another day they might have some more goals and, with some luck, things might be different," he added.

"But that's not the case, so they have to keep working hard and keep their confidence."

The former Southampton youngster then went on to show his backing for under-fire manager Andre Villas Boas, who has come in for some criticism from the press in recent weeks.

"He should be given time, he is a great manager. He showed it last year," added Bale.

The former Porto boss most recently had a heated press-conference with two Daily Mail journalists about how he is being 'outed' of his job at White Hart Lane.

The 34-year-old's job at was said to be on the line after their 6-0 defeat to Manchester City, but again, Bale believes this is only a rough spell for his old team.

"They are going through a little bad patch, but I am sure he is a good enough manager to pull everyone together and go on a bit of a good run, and hopefully have a good season," he concluded.

BT Sport has exclusively live TV coverage of three Barclays Premier League games this week - Crystal Palace v West Ham (Tuesday), Swansea v Newcastle (Wednesday) and Man Utd v Newcastle (Saturday).

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