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Jul 252010
 

Gareth Bale has spoken of his praise for Harry and the Tottenham team for last seasons efforts. Bale said he couldn’t wait for the new season to start when Tottenham face Manchester City who will be hungry for revenge.

Bale can afford an even bigger smile now as Pav maybe staying

Bale, 20, said: “That defeat against ­Portsmouth hurt so much and we were obviously down after it.

“But we used it to give ourselves a kick up the backside. The manager made us realise we couldn’t let it affect us in a ­negative way.

“Rather than mope and feel sorry for ourselves, we used it in a positive way and managed to get to fourth in the table – which was unbelievable for the club and the fans.”

“Champions League ­football is what you have to aim for at a club like this.

“But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and ­reflect on the ­achievement.

“Now we must take our football to the next level and that is the task ahead for us in the new ­season.

“I can’t wait – and obviously ­Manchester City at home in our first game is a great fixture given the tussle we had with them last season for fourth.”

Boom Boom Boom let me hear you say Bale……

You’ve got to admire Gaeth Bale for his amazing end to last season, it’s a scary thought but if you think about it logically, it wasn’t down to Harry seeing the boy had potential it was just fate that BAE got injured so Bale got his chance, if that hadn’t happend then Bale would probably have been sold this summer, scary thought hey?

From one player to the next, Roman Pavlyuchenko’s agent has claimed the 28 year old striker will be staying at Spurs, at least for now. His agent Oleg Artemov said  “Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not going to let Roman leave, he is necessary for Harry Redknapp.With Tottenham about to make their debut in the Champions League it would seem Redknapp wants as many options up front as possible and Pavlyuchenko does not want to miss the opportunity.

“Roman himself does not want to leave England but, if that does happen, he will return to a Russian club.

“We have noted information appeared regarding the possible departure of the striker. Among contenders were Sporting Lisbon and Spartak Moscow.

“But I did not see any movement from Spartak – there were no specifics.

“Interest from both Zenit and Lokomotiv, as was reported in Britain, was nothing.”

Again this in my view is good news, I think Pav has done enough to prove he is worth holding onto for another season, he scored a good brace agaisnt Bournemouth in a friendly and with Robbie Keane destined to leave is it really wise to sell Pav too?

Nice bit of positive news this fine Sunday morning, Bale is happy, Pav might be staying, so guess what? I am happy just like Bale.

Jul 232010
 

***UPDATE**

Highlights Below

Forgive me for any sloppyness here but I have stayed up to almost 4am to watch the game and then bring you a brief report, hopefully Aldo will edit the highlights into this post in when they are about.

Scorers Bale and Keane

Tottenham got off to a bright start in the first 10mins of the game with Robbie Keane looking like a threat with some good runs, Bale looked hungry on and off the ball. It was half way through the 1st half though when Thierry Henry got on the end of a low cross to beat Cudicini and put NY 1 goal to the good. Have to say as much as I dislike the Gooner scum it was nice to see him using his feet instead of his hands this time. New York seemed to gain confidence from the goal and started to play with more freedom and creativity. Tottenham still looked like a threat going forward with just a few half chances before the half was up.

The second half started with Spurs searching for an equalizer which arrived after 61mins from a corner which the NY defender flicked onto the far post for Robbie Keane to tap in, I said Keane had looked lively and he showed he still has natural instinct to get into positions. With the game becomming more stretched and going from end to end it was a long ball that put the NY Red Bulls defender under pressure which forced a back header to fall short for Gareth Bale to sneak in and get a toe on the end of it to beat the keeper Sutton and make it 2-1 to Spurs.

After Spurs took the lead the game pretty much died, NY ran out of ideas and let their heads drop, Spurs looked happy to settle for the 2-1 win and were happy to knock the ball around. Final score NY Red Bulls 1 – 2 Tottenham

All in all nothing to write home about, not a great performance but not the worst and don’t forget we still have the World Cup boys missing. Hutton done a decent job and it was nice to see Taarabt and a few of the youngsters getting a game. As I said it is half 3 in the morning so if anyone wants to add to anything I missed use the comments below.

Managed to get some highlights up from the game, Cudicini made a few good saves.

Jul 092010
 

Spurs’ Welsh wizard speaks about next season’s prospects, old team mate Theo Walcott and finishing above that lot down the road !!!

Bale thinks Harry Redknapp's side could be ready to mount a title challenge!

Spurs’ much improved full back Gareth Bale believes his club are ready to step up their game again next season and mount a challenge for the Premier League title.

Harry Redknapp’s side ended years of disillusionment and frustration this season, when they fired the White Hart Lane outfit to fourth place and a first ever crack at europes elite in the Champions League.

And now, Wales star Bale (left) is convinced that they can rise to the challenge of competing with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal – if Redknapp works some of his famous magic during the transfer window :

“We’ve got a good team and I think if we invest in a few more players I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t go a little bit further. I’d say challenging for the title is the main aim for every single team and I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t mount a challenge.”

Bale then went on to speak of his desire to guide the club to their first finish above north London rivals Arsenal in over 15 years! Finishing just 5 points behind the red half of the territory last time around, Bale hopes that this time the tide will turn once and for all :

“I hope this is the year we finish ahead of them,” he added. “We’ve got just as good a squad as them and there’s no reason why we can’t beat them in the Premier League this year.”

Part of that Arsenal squad is Theo Walcott whom Bale grew up playing alongside in the Southampton youth ranks. Bale says he was shocked to see his former teammate omitted from the England side that travelled to South Africa and believes his friend could have added a different dimension to Fabio Capello’s sides game :

“It was a big shock to me,” said Bale. “I honestly think that with his pace he adds a different element to any team. It’s a shame he didn’t go.”

So, what do you think? (Not about Theo Walcott obviously ….. no one cares about that lot!) Do you think that with a little tweek from Harry we could have a squad capable of challenging for Premier League honours? Can we strike a balance between league and champs league assaults? What players would you like to see brought in to take us up to that next level?

Use the comments box below to share your thoughts …..