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Spurs hero reveals Mesut Ozil signing changed his career and admits Bale surprise

Tottenham favourite Rafael van der Vaart admits Spurs was a great time for him but was dictated by Jose Mourinho and Mesut Ozil who forced him out of Real Madrid.
Daily Mail Nov 11, 2015

Gareth Bale is not at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi... I was surprised Real Madrid signed him, says ex-Tottenham team-mate Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he was surprised that former team-mate Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid and insists the Welshman is not on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

For Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs, playing narrow is a feature, not a bug

The second Tottenham goal against Aston Villa shows why narrowness is an essential part of Mauricio Pochettino's 4-2-3-1 shape at Spurs. In the heady days of Rafael van der Vaart, Luka Modric, and Gareth Bale wide, expansive attacking was the order of the day at White Hart Lane. All of Spurs' key players thrived on having plenty of space in which to work whether it was Bale and Aaron Lennon needing space to run, van der Vaart needing space to receive the ball, or Modric needing the team spread out to maximize his passing ability. When those Tottenham teams became narrow, they struggled. At...

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