Gareth Bale's Europa ban a blessing in disguise, says Andre Villas-Boas

With Bale having now wiped his disciplinary slate clean ahead of a potential quarter-final, Villas-Boas said the booking had arrived at an opportune moment.

updated: March 09, 2013 14:59 IST
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London: Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas said Gareth Bale's suspension-incurring booking in the 3-0 win over Inter Milan merely capped a perfect evening for the Premier League side.

Bale headed Tottenham in front in the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie at White Hart Lane on Thursday, before teeing up the third goal for Jan Vertonghen after Gylfi Sigurdsson had doubled the hosts' lead.

Shortly after his sixth-minute opener, the Welshman received a caution for diving that rules him out of next week's return leg in Milan.

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