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AVB shrugs off Bale situation

Andre Villas-Boas felt his side deserved their narrow 1-0 win over Swansea at White Hart Lane, and believes his side will be stronger with or without Gareth Bale.

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Spurs boss Villas-Boas felt his side stifled Swansea's footballing mantra, and praised his side's defensive performance.

"It was difficult. I think defensively we did very well.

"You often see Swansea taking control of possession but today they didn't, so I think we were defensively sound.

"It was a tight encounter, but I think in the end it was a deserved result."

Although Spurs have opened their league campaign with two wins and two clean sheets, many detractors point to their inability to score from open-play, after Roberto Soldado penalties have helped them to two 1-0 wins.

"I don't think there's any frustration. Last season we had no penalties, but this season we're going in to the box more and creating better chances."

Villas-Boas was also vocal on the Gareth Bale situation, with the Welsh star allegedly nearing a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

"We've gone on with our business. Gareth, unfortunately for us, hasn't been part of our squad, but we have a big squad to choose from.

"This team can only develop and we look forward towards the future.

"With Gareth or without, we can be stronger."

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