Tottenham boss AVB hails “monster” Gareth Bale after 3-1 victory over Man City
Andre Villas-Boas claims Gareth Bale was the one who convinced him to let him play a role in the starting line-up against Manchester City, although he was due to make his first appearance after injury.
After the game, the Tottenham Hotspur manager silently reminded himself to thank the Welsh attacking midfielder for saving him from making a big mistake since Gareth Bale played a huge role in Tottenham Hotspurs’ 3-1 victory over Manchester City at the White Hart Lane.
The former Chelsea boss revealed that he had almost missed Gareth Bale from the squad as he could not have fathomed the 23-year-old could make such a quick recovery and bounce back into form immediately after picking up an ankle injury in the Europa League match against FC Basel on April 4.
“We had discussions with Gareth about his injury and he gave us the green light,” Andre Villas-Boas told BBC. “Gareth is a monster physically. All the credit goes to him for hanging on for the full 90 minutes and playing so well. He produced a great, great performance.”
Andre Villas-Boas is confident about his side making a top-four finish. With Chelsea dropping two valuable points in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield and Arsenal only two points away at third place, Andre Villas-Boas and Co. look destined to finish third.
“It will go down to the wire, maybe to the Chelsea fixture against us,” Andre Villas-Boas continued. “The destiny is on our own hands and we have to continue to gather as many points as possible, which will be extremely difficult.
“We have a tough game against Wigan next, but it is good to have players like Gareth, Jermain Defoe and hopefully Aaron Lennon available. We also hope Younes Kaboul can still play a part in this season.”
Andre Villas-Boas reserved some special praise for himself as well. The Portuguese boss insisted that his tactical substitutions were the reason behind Tottenham Hotspurs’ late comeback against the Premier League champions.
“We had trouble in the beginning to find the spaces out wide. City narrow the game by allowing their wingers to come inside and we didn't get into wide positions and it was difficult for us to remove the pressure,” Andre Villas-Boas continued.
“It was a case of holding on to a 1-0 difference at half-time and in the second half, we recognized that the spaces were in the side areas and also we started to play with a little more confidence.
“The determination was there in the first and second half, but the organization was better in the second half and it is a credit to everyone in the squad that we could turn it around in the second half. It is a big win, but now we have to keep pushing.
“The players who came off the bench impacted the game massively and all credit to them for that. They showed a great determination.”