Gareth Bale explains why Tottenham now “feels like a new club”
Gareth Bale says Tottenham “feels like a new club” after the recent summer signings and the move to a new training ground.
Spurs’ stars returned from the international break to begin work with their new team-mates, following the deadline day arrivals of Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey.
They did so at a new home as the Lilywhites transferred their operations to their state-of-the art training complex at Bulls Cross in Enfield.
And Bale, who hit the second goal in yesterday’s 3-1 win at Reading, says there is a fresh feeling around the club which has helped the players to draw a line under their disappointing first three results and focus on the future.
“It feels like a new club with the new training ground,” said Bale. “It’s a bit different going there and I think it’s excited everybody, it’s brought everybody up again.
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“Coming back from the international break you feel fresh again, being with the new squad, and we’ve got the new signings now, which is great. Hopefully we can gel like we did against Reading.
“It was massively important to get that win. It was one of those games that kickstarts our season now.
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“We’re not too far behind everybody and we played some great stuff - which we have done in other games too, but we’ve just managed to score a few more this time.
“I think if we could have improved on anything we could have killed off the game a bit earlier, but that wasn’t to be. We showed our character for the rest of the game and showed what we’re made of and finished them off.”
Tottenham’s victory at the Madejski Stadium has strengthened the echoes of Spurs’ fortunes at the beginning of last season.
Harry Redknapp’s side made a poor start to their campaign in 2011, losing their first two games against Manchester United (3-0) and Manchester City (5-1).
That was followed by an international break and, boosted by the new signings Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker, Spurs returned to action with a bang, going on to take 31 points from a possible 33 in the top flight.
“That’s the plan this time,” said Bale. “With the not so great start we had we’re in a similar position and, as we’ve said in the dressing room, we did it last year – there’s no reason why we can’t do it this year.
“We’ll be going out there to win every game and hopefully we can do that. I think we’ve got some great players. The new signings we’ve brought in have been great additions. We’ve got a stronger squad now than we did at the start of the season.
“Does this show that there’s life after Luka? Yes, exactly. I think Mousa [Dembele] has come in and he’s been absolutely fantastic. He scored on his debut and was unbelievable against Reading - he’s been a great addition to the squad.
“Obviously it’s not nice to see your big players go but I’m sure he can fill his [Modric’s] boots and more.”
Bale was also impressed by Defoe’s performance against the Royals – although he admits he was slightly aggrieved that the England man declined to pass to him en route to his second goal.
“He’s looking sharp, isn’t he? A bit greedy as normal, but that’s him,” laughed Bale. “It’s great for him and great for the team. As long as somebody’s scoring I don’t think any of us mind.
“He’s shown it year after year. He’s scored 200-odd goals these days. I don’t think anyone’s ever doubted his ability to score and you always need a player like him who can just pop in with a goal whenever he feels like it.”
The question now is whether Tottenham will be able to improve their home form and banish the demons of their disappointing 1-1 draws against West Brom and Norwich by beating QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
“The main thing is we haven’t lose the games at home, which is a positive - but we know what we’re capable of,” said Bale. “I think the main thing for us in the other two home games is that we haven’t put our chances away and, if we do that, the game’s finished - like it was against Reading.
“That’s obviously one of the main things we’ll work on. We’ve put the ball in the net more than once this time, and hopefully there’s more to come in the future. The plan is to kick on - we just have to go out now and execute it.”
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