Villas-Boas warns Inter: Gareth Bale is even better now

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Gareth Bale could run Inter Milan ragged in their Europa League clash on Thursday night.

Welsh winger Bale announced his talents on the world stage with two fantastic performances over the then European champions in the Champions League group stage in 2010.

Bale scored a hat-trick at the San Siro in a 4-3 loss before assisting two goals in a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane, in which he made embarrassed Brazilian right-back Maicon.

Villas-Boas said ahead of Thursday's round of 16 tie: "I think Gareth has evolved as a player. He is even more threatening now.

"I remember seeing the highlights of Inter - Tottenham, and how Tottenham came back into the game late on.

"Maicon was an outstanding right-back, one of the Brazilian right-backs, so to see a young player like Gareth play like he did against him demonstrates his talent.

"Now, two years on, he plays in a different position. He's become a different player; a bigger player and a more complete player."

The Portuguese manager also rubbished suggestions that fatigue could affect Bale in upcoming matches because of Spurs' reliance on him for a creative spark. Bale has scored nine goals in his last seven Tottenham games with only Mousa Dembele, Gylfi Sugurdsson and Aaron Lennon having netted within that time.

Villas-Boas said: "[Bale] is fine. Most of the players feel fine and fresh.

"There is a lot of rest time between a Thursday and a Sunday [when Spurs play Liverpool in the Premier League]."

The Tottenham coach denied he was upset that Bale attended the Manchester United - Real Madrid match on Tuesday, despite having been linked to Jose Mourinho's side.

"I had no problem with it," he added. "I was told about it in the afternoon. We spoke about the game [today]. It's a great game of football."

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