Related

Article

Villas-Boas thrilled with Bale display

9 February 2013 18:54

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has compared Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale continued his brilliant form this season with two goals in Spurs' 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 13.

The 23-year-old's performances have attracted interest from European giants including Real Madrid, but Villas-Boas believes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will do everything to keep the club's star man.

"Great teams are made of great individuals too," Villas-Boas said. "Gareth has been decisive and I'm happy to see him enjoying his football - but it's unfair to say we rely on him.

"Most teams have to hang on to their best players. Barcelona losing Messi would be a disaster, Real Madrid losing Ronaldo would be a disaster.

"There are no release clauses at English clubs and it's very difficult to negotiate with Tottenham - as you know."

Spurs would demand at least 50 million pounds for the attacker, who has featured in a more central role in recent weeks.

Villas-Boas has said Tottenham must qualify for next season's Champions League to have any chance of keeping Bale and he was delighted with his side's hard-fought victory over Newcastle.

The Portuguese manager dedicated the win to goalkeeping coach Tony Parks and his son Joe, who was seriously injured in a car accident this week.

"We have done our job today and closed one more league game to the end of the season. We worked exceptionally hard," he said.

"It's a win we want to dedicate to Joe Parks, who is in a coma after a car crash."

Newcastle confirmed France international Yoan Gouffran did not break his leg, after the goalscorer was carried off following an innocuous clash with Kyle Walker.

A club statement read: "Newcastle United are pleased to report that a precautionary X-ray has shown that Yoan Gouffran has not broken his right leg.

"The French forward was stretchered off during the second half of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, and Gouffran will be further assessed on Sunday by the club's medical staff."

Sponsored links

Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
9 February 2013
Game week
26
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
White Hart Lane (London)
Attendance
36244

Goals

G. Bale 5'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
24' Y. Gouffran
 (assist by M. Sissoko)
G. Bale 78'  
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
24
23 90+6'
8
13
25
37

Thursday 5 March

Wednesday 4 March

23:55
23:54
23:52
23:29
23:01
23:01
22:57
22:55
22:55
22:48
22:46
22:45
22:43
22:30
22:24
22:19
22:15
21:51
21:22
21:16
21:03
20:47
20:38
20:13
19:29
19:09
17:59
17:49
17:23
17:19
17:16
14:57
14:48
13:54
13:24
12:40
11:41
09:42
09:13
07:40
05:44
05:03
05:01
04:14
04:08
03:43
03:27
03:25
02:44
02:01
01:39
01:22
01:20
01:15
00:37
00:24
00:19
00:14
00:00

Tuesday 3 March

23:59
23:51
23:49
23:43
23:38
23:23
23:17
23:09
22:57
22:49
22:42
22:27
21:57
21:28
20:17
19:44
19:24
19:15
19:13
18:33
17:47
17:42
17:38
17:11
17:08
16:55
16:40
16:27
16:18
16:13
15:50
15:21
15:10
15:01
14:51
14:40
14:31
14:22
14:19
14:11
14:08
13:51
13:15
12:48
12:34
12:25
11:25
11:15
11:08
11:07
10:20
09:51
09:20
09:07
08:37
07:43
07:04
07:02
06:23
05:20
03:37
01:47
01:45
00:12

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +35 63
2 28 +32 58
3 28 +23 54
4 28 +21 53
5 28 +12 51
6 28 +19 49
7 27 +6 47
8 28 -1 42
9 28 -4 40
10 28 +5 39
11 28 -11 35
12 28 -8 30
13 28 -10 30
14 28 -8 28
15 28 -11 27
16 28 -16 26
17 28 -23 25
18 27 -19 22
19 28 -22 22
20 27 -20 18

Facebook