English Premiership

Spurs 'better without Bale'

2013-09-27 13:06
Gareth Bale (File)
Cape Town - Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has told talkSPORT that the north London club are now in a better position to challenge for honours, even without Gareth Bale.

He said: “Losing a player like Gareth Bale would normally make your squad weaker, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think our squad is stronger for it.”

Two of the players who arrived in north London during the close season are Paulinho and Christian Eriksen, and Friedel has been massively impressed by both men. He added: “Mousa Dembele has come on (this season) and a lot of that is down to Paulinho being so solid in midfield.

“And Eriksen is one of those special players. He’s got that vision, eyes in the back of his head it seems, and he is a true No 10.”

Tottenham’s next test is against Chelsea this weekend, and Friedel insists the focus should be on what happens on the pitch, rather than off it where the clash is being built up as a battle between former friends turned enemies Andre Villas-Boas and Jose Mourinho.

He said: “Any differences between them are water under the bridge by now. Whatever problems they had in the past I can’t see them going on now.

“The game is just about two fantastic teams going into battle and both wanting the three points. We well aware of recent (poor) record against Chelsea and it’s something we want to put right.”


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