Sport Emmanuel Adebayor has scored four goals in five games since his return to the team

The Portuguese manager gave Villas-Boas just 45 minutes of action this season having isolated him from the first-team squad

Andre Villas Boas and Szczesny

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hits back: Wojciech Szczesny is not 'a genuine Arsenal fan'

Spurs boss gives goalkeeper's claims that Spurs lack enough quality to qualify for the Champions League little credence

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Southampton 0 match report: 'Game-changer' Gareth Bale still looming large

Gareth Bale looms down on the Tottenham High Road from an advertising hoarding the size of a house. The Welshman dominates the Tottenham team in much the same way. "Game-changer" is the copyline on the advert, and its accuracy was shown again on Saturday when he embellished a moderate match with a stunning 85th-minute goal to maintain Spurs' push for Champions League qualification.

Gareth Bale rounded off a remarkable week by firing Tottenham to a dramatic last-gasp win against Southampton.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Southampton 0 match report: Gareth Bale gives award winning performance

Double footballer of the year sinks Saints with another spectacular goal

Tom Huddlestone set to be fit for Spurs' Champions League chase

Andre Villas-Boas is confident of having the midfielder Tom Huddlestone fit for Tottenham’s pursuit of a Champions League place.

Andre Villas-Boas: Expects the new FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale to stay

'Jose Mourinho would have a big impact again', says Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas

Andre Villas-Boas has said Jose Mourinho will have a spectacular impact on the Premier League if he completes his return this summer.

Gareth Bale in action against Wigan

Andre Villas-Boas would be 'extremely surprised' if Gareth Bale leaves Tottenham

The Spurs manager claims to have had assurances that the forward will not be sold

Juan Mata (right) and Cesar Azpilicueta enjoy training yesterday as Rafa Benitez looks on

Europa League: Diplomatic Juan Mata focuses on Chelsea's task in hand

Life at Stamford Bridge never dull for Spaniard ahead of Blues' Basel Europa League decider

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal for Tottenham

Andre Villas-Boas assured PFA favourite Gareth Bale will stay if Tottenham make top four

Welsh star has attracted interest from Real Madrid

Jermain Defoe

Andre Villas-Boas delighted with selection dilemma presented by return of Jermain Defoe

Striker is hitting form at just the right time says Spurs manager

Quick learner: Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt believes Aaron Lennon can be compared to Spurs’ great wingers David Ginola and Chris Waddle

Aaron Lennon returns to Tottenham training

Winger could be in contention for match on Saturday against Wigan

The Spurs forward could feature against Manchester City tomorrow

Tottenham v Manchester City: Spurs expect Gareth Bale to be back for visit of the champions

Defoe has also recovered and Lennon has a chance of being involved

Andre Villas-Boas tries to weave his magic on Spurs

Tottenham v Manchester City: Why Andre Villas-Boas still has much to prove with Spurs hungry to join elite

Technocrat manager insists four wins will silence doubters and earn top-four place

Emmanuel Adebayor celebrates with Gareth Bale

If game doesn't go Manchester City's way, 'there will definitely be a fight on the pitch' warns Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

Former City striker claims infighting at former club could help Spurs this weekend

Clint Dempsey celebrates Tottenham's equaliser against United
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas during his side's Europa League exit to Basel
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