Tottenham’s tactical optimization triggered Bale’s “career explosion,” says former boss Villas-Boas

The Portuguese boss said a formation change during the 2012/13 season helped unlock the Welshman’s enormous potential

Former Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed a conversation with Gareth Bale that kicked off the Welshman’s career.

Villas-Boas was in charge in north London for a year and a half, leading Spurs to fifth place in 2012/13 before being fired midway through the following season.

The 2012/13 season was also Bale’s final season with Spurs before joining Real Madrid. The Welsh star has scored 21 Premier League goals this season.

Villas-Boas has claimed part of the credit for the form that led to this transference. A conversation with Bale in the off-season helped change the course of his campaign.

“Gareth felt that he was not reaching his full potential,” explained Villas-Boas COPA90. “One day he came into my office and said, ‘Boss, I’m not happy, it’s not going well for me. ‚

“OK,” I said, “I can try to switch to a 4-4-2.” [formation] and you can play freely upstairs with Emmanuel Adebayor, and I can move Gylfi Sigurdsson to the left and cut into it.

“This is when he starts this series of games where he scores a goal. I think five or six games in a row and then the results exploded and his career exploded from that moment on. ”

Bale spent seven seasons at Real Madrid, winning four Champions League and two La Liga titles.

The 31-year-old has now returned to Spurs for a season and could make his debut against West Ham on Sunday under Jose Mourinho.

Villas-Boas moved to Zenit Saint Petersburg after leaving Spurs before taking on the Chinese team Shanghai SIPG and then Marseille, where he is currently the manager.

The 42-year-old also revealed two transfer targets that had just slipped out of his grasp while at Spurs and that could have changed the trajectory of his spell in north London.

“In my opinion [Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy won’t appreciate it too much, but we had Willian in our office watching the Champions League game together before leaving the room and signing for Chelsea that evening, “said Villas-Boas.

“We missed [Joao] Moutinho, who is now becoming famous because of the wolves, of course, because of a minute’s notice. ”

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