Andre Villas-Boas believes Gareth Bale has honed his free-kick taking technique to replicate that of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, following the Tottenham winger's strike from distance against Liverpool.
Bale scored the second goal for Spurs in the 2-1 defeat of Liverpool at White Hart Lane; firing in a free-kick from 25-yards to register his tenth goal of the season for club and country.
It was a goal not too dissimilar to a trademark strike from Real Madrid's Ronaldo, who has garnered a reputation as one of the finest free-kick the game has seen, score hatfuls in his own distinctive style.
Villas-Boas, meanwhile, thinks Ronaldo has influenced Bale in the way he strikes his free-kicks, and says imitating the Real Madrid ace is paying dividends for the Tottenham man.
"Players learn through what they see. With Ronaldo we saw that you can almost hit under the ball and it gains an effect where it drops and changes direction," Villas-Boas said in a press conference following the defeat of Liverpool.
"[Bale] has the power to do that. He keeps on practising this technique and we are pleased to have it."
Villas-Boas also senses that Bale is playing in a less-restricted way than last season, and the Wales international is proving this with an impressive goals return so far this term.
"He's scoring more than last season by this stage," he added. "He is more free, getting more of the ball, the team is creating conditions for him to appear more. He is enjoying himself on the pitch."
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