Bale delight at new Tottenham system

Gareth Bale has revealed his happiness at the formation Andre Villas-Boas has installed at Tottenham Hotspur, revealing that he is enjoying the extra licence to attack under the former Chelsea Head Coach, according to the Daily Mirror.

Whereas Villas-Boas’ predecessor, Harry Redknapp, favoured a four-man midfield supporting either a front two or a lone striker with an extra midfielder in support, Villas-Boas has almost totally changed the shape of the team.

While sticking with the back four, as did Redknapp, Villas-Boas has turned to a pair of central midfielders, in holding positions, and then a string of three attacking midfielders supporting a single striker.

Bale has found himself as one of the attacking trio, often teamed with new signing Gylfi Sigurdsson and winger Aaron Lennon, with Jermain Defoe spearheading the forward unit. It marks a change from the days of Redknapp, when Bale was usually stationed on the wing, either the left or the right.

The Wales international said: “We’re not playing the same formation as last year – it’s a different way of playing. It’s great. You get to attack more, which is always good. You don’t have to run too much – although you still have to run back. As long as we’re enjoying our football, then we can show what we can do.

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