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I wish we had won a trophy - Villas-Boas

ESPN staff
December 27, 2013
Villas-Boas was speaking for the first time since being fired by Spurs © Getty Images

In his first interview since being sacked by Tottenham, Andre Villas-Boas described his 18-month reign at White Hart Lane as "a great experience" before admitting he would "rather not talk about it".

Speaking to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, the former Porto manager says he will take the rest of the season off before embarking on his next job.

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"The most likely course of action is to wait for the end of the season before thinking of embracing a new project," Villas-Boas said.

"Now is a time of reflection for me and for my coaching staff, and repositioning of our careers. England was a great experience for us and a great professional development.

"I wish I had reciprocated the confidence the fans with a trophy. We had great ambitions to win a trophy this season."

In the same interview, Villas-Boas said he believes Gareth Bale will be a better player for Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo in the side.

"Bale performs better without Ronaldo," he said." "He has a far greater role in Madrid's play when Cristiano isn't playing.

"When there are two quality players like them in the team, they have to share the team's chances.

"At Tottenham, Bale adapted to a playing style that allowed him to have the starring role, one which made him his team's most important player. In doing so, he saw more of the ball and increased his goalscoring chances.

"He's already a world-class footballer. The question is whether he can reproduce his Tottenham form playing alongside the world's best player."

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