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  • "I do not want to sell Bale. Victor Rask Jersey . No way, absolutely no way. If you do, where do you go from there? If you want to progress as a team and as a club you have no chance if you sell players like that." – Harry Redknapp, 2010. Three years later Gareth Bale has been sold. And Harry Redknapp is in the Championship. More importantly, despite selling their best player for a world record 100 million euro fee, Tottenham are indeed progressing as a team thanks to a brilliant strategy, led by their manager Andre Villas-Boas, that has seen them excel in three crucial areas where many other clubs struggle. Evaluate your own talent better than everybody else For any sports franchise this can be very difficult. Clubs have a tendency to overrate their own players. After all, there is a reason why the player is at the club in the first place as usually someone senior at the club is still there after they initially brought you to the club or through the youth ranks. In the case of Bale, Spurs learned under former manager Redknapp, how to initially get the better of him, moving him from left back and on to the wing where his explosive speed and ball control was best utilized. This prepared Bale to shine on the games biggest stage, particularly during a 15 day period in 2010 when Tottenham played Inter Milan twice in the Champions League. Bale tore apart one of the worlds best right backs Maicon at the San Siro, scoring a hat-trick, and was equally impressive in their return match at White Hart Lane with a sensational combination of attacking play down the left flank. (photo: fourfourtwo.com - Click For Larger Image) European footballs giants were now on high-alert but Redknapp was ready for them, sending this message post match: "Hes an amazing young player, hes just signed a new contract and we have to build a team around him here for years to come." Redknapps attempts to build around Bale with the likes of Steven Pienaar, Scott Parker, William Gallas and Rafael van der Vaart ultimately cost him his job and left Bales reported value in the media around the 30 million pound mark. New manager Andre Villas-Boas came in with a different approach to help Bale blossom. At half-time in a match at Norwich last season, with his side trailing 1-0, Villas-Boas switched Bale from the left wing to the number 10 position more centrally and it had an instant impact. Not only did Bale score one of the goals of the season he also contributed far more to the teams attack in the final third. (photo: fourfourtwo.com - Click For Larger Image) Villas-Boas had seen enough and Bales move to a number 10 meant his minutes per pass received and minutes per shot went down while, crucially, his average shots per match, strike-rate and passing accuracy went up. Six goals in his next four games and 12 goals in his last 14 in total elevated him to a world class standard. By getting the best out of Bale, Villas-Boas not only increased Bales value in the market but also the players value to the club. Where would Spurs be without Bale? was the overriding message, meaning any potential buyer knew the reliance the club had on the player, instantly pushing the price up further. In this case it went from a reported 50 million pounds to the staggering sum agreed upon today. Evaluate your own club in the market Tottenham had found a way to get the best out of their star player and show just how much they needed him. The footballing intelligence they required to do that was now required in reaching reality in terms of the players wishes. In 1998, Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke, after nine years at the club, went to see manager John Gregory in his office to tell him he wanted to go to Manchester United after they had tabled a bid that Villa rejected. Gregory was so disappointed that he famously said of the moment: "If I had a gun I would have shot him." The manager was clearly disappointed that he would be losing his best player but in reality if a club like Manchester United come calling for his players, what would he expect them to do? Stay? A game older than 150 years that allows teams to simply buy players from other teams without giving more than cash is bound to create a hierarchy system where clubs are simply bigger than others. Tottenham Hotspur has a fantastic history but they are not, and never will be, larger than Real Madrid. If they are lucky enough to have a player wanted by the Spanish giants it is up to them to do whatever they can to get the best price for him and then do whatever you can to use those funds to improve the team and make them bigger than others. A crucial mistake made by many sports franchises happens when they overestimate the desire of their own players to stay with them. Tottenham were very unlucky to not reach the Champions League this season (the 72pts they achieved last season meant they were the first team in Premier League history to get that many and not finish in the top four) and Bales wishes to play at the top level are warranted but he isnt leaving because he cant play in Europe for Spurs on Wednesday nights. Had Tottenham qualified for the Champions League they simply cannot have hoped to stop Bale from wanting to go to Real Madrid once interest was shown. Big football clubs everywhere are best suited in these cases to remind themselves who is bigger, and it is clear by Tottenhams performances off the field this summer that they did just that. Evaluate the market, be an expert in recruiting talent Speak to any coach in one of the big North American sports about European soccer and sooner rather than later the conversation comes around to the role of a Premier League manager. Coaches on this side of the continent cannot understand how so many managers are in charge of coaching their team and being the major decision makers in recruitment. Before they signed a player this summer, Tottenham made a superb acquisition with the hiring of Franco Baldini as technical director. Villas-Boas, unlike Redknapp, had wanted a TD who knew the continental market since he arrived. He and Baldini got to work immediately. Villas-Boas had evaluated his team from his first season and crucially had realized they had significant flaws. Without Champions League revenue and with an old stadium, Baldini knew most of his transfer kitty would come from the upcoming money from Real Madrid so he moved swiftly and effectively. Thanks to his managers ability to evaluate the clubs players, make Bale better to get more money, and know realistically he would go to Real Madrid, Baldini was able to go about spending a good deal of money to improve key areas. Last season the likes of William Gallas, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone and Clint Dempsey (all since departed) featured in 50 per cent or more of their league games, yet Spurs still got to 72 points. Bale played a massive part in that, without doubt, but the clubs overreliance on the Welshman meant two significant things. 1) They clearly needed to strengthen in other areas, and 2) Bales price was never going to be higher because of how often he Baled them out in 2012-13. Sure, Tottenham finished just a point behind Arsenal last season but Villas-Boas will know Arsenal led in 32.7 per cent of their matches (1,119 minutes) as opposed to Tottenhams 28.2 per cent (966 minutes) which was even lower than Everton and Liverpool. It was time to go to work to put a squad together that can ensure they found themselves in winning positions more often. The additions of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue make their midfield much more dynamic and stable and they are certainly massive upgrades over Parker and Huddlestone. Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela will surely score more than the 16 league goals Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe managed last season. The Spaniards off-the-ball movement and finishing ability are on a different level to his other strike partners while 21-year-old Lamela is a diamond in the rough unearthed by Baldini who is reunited with him from their time at Roma. These signings are not gambles; they are proven international players with experience in the Champions League and for their countries. Considering they were able to get them after selling a player with very little experience playing at the highest level shows just what can be done at a club when you have smart men like Baldini and Villas-Boas running it. "I dont know where wed be without him," once said Redknapp after a Spurs match hed managed. The truth is they have a plan in place to be much better. Teuvo Teravainen Jersey . -- The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with cornerback Kelvin Hayden. Eddie Lack Jersey . Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits and three RBIs, Michael Brantley also homered and the Indians beat the injury-riddled Minnesota Twins 9-4 Thursday for their first three-game winning streak this season.TORONTO - Moments after the most memorable game of his young life came to a close, an usually large crowd gathered around the locker of Bruno Caboclo, just a few feet to the left of DeMar DeRozans. You play one game and you get this?, joked DeRozan, who is accustomed to seeing the media jockey for position around his locker. Lou Williams chanted the rookies name over and over, echoing the screams of a sellout crowd at the Air Canada Centre Friday, and took photos of the scrum on his phone. Your moms going to love this, said Williams. Smiling ear-to-ear, the 19-year-old Caboclo searched for the words to describe a night that no one saw coming. Concluding a franchise-longest seven-game home stand, with LeBron James and the Cavaliers on deck the following evening, the Raptors were understandably wary of the upstart Milwaukee Bucks, who came in with a 7-5 record having won three in row. The result: their second-most lopsided victory in team history. I thought the mental focus was great, Dwane Casey said following his teams impressive 41-point rout of Milwaukee. No one in that locker room was even talking about tomorrow night. The Raptors trailed for seconds early in the game before taking control. Their lead continued to grow and by the end of the third quarter they were up 101-57, igniting chants for Caboclo, the 20th pick in Junes draft who has quickly become a cult favourite in Toronto. On queue, the rookie entered to a rousing ovation. Fans repeated his name in unison. They used it to replace defence when the Bucks had the ball. Lets go Raptors became Lets go Bruno. Shortly after his first shot rimmed out, Caboclo caught an alley-oop pass from Williams for his first NBA bucket. The building was shaking. [There were] butterflies in my stomach, the Brazilian forward admitted after the game. Everybodys saying my name. Its incredible. The biggest and most promising takeaway from his 12 minutes of action, like his performance in the pre-season and Summer League: he showed no fear. He was confident in his jump shoot - hitting a pair of three-balls, one from the corner and a step-back jumper over Ersan Ilyasova - and he showed off his wingspan on defence, swatting Nate Wolters shot from behind. I thought it was special, Casey said. The kids a beautiful kid. Like any other kid hes learning and growing in the NBA. As a coach, I see him growing everyday and know what he needs to work on, but it was great to get an opportunity to get him in the game. Led by starters Kyle Lowry (20 points, nine rebounds on the night) and Jonas Valanciunas (18 points, 12 rebounds), the Raptors dropped 37 first-quarter points on Milwaukee, the NBAs fourth ranked defensive team entering the game. But it was Torontos bench that really put the game out of reach. Chuck Hayes pushed around the Bucks bigs, Greivis Vasquez had 11 points in his best outing of the season and Williams led all scorers with 22, beating the buzzer with three-pointers at the end of both the first and second quarters. Shooting 52 per cent from the field, 15-for-25 from long range and out-rebounding Milwaukee by 27, the Raptors more than overcame a 1-for-8 shooting performance from DeRozan, their leading scorer. One of Caboclos treys, midway through the fourth quarter, gave Toronto a 52-point advantage, the largest lead in franchise history. Cam Ward Jersey. Guys came out with a professional approach, Casey said. We thought it was going to be a tough battle. We knew that they had been playing well so our guys were focused and came in with a business-like approach, which we needed and wanted. The Raptors finished their 6-1 home stand the way they started it. Two weeks ago they put together one of their most complete efforts of the season - a 19-point wire-to-wire victory over the Wizards. Since that night, they crushed whats looking like a historically terrible 76ers team, dropped a tough game to the Bulls after a flat third quarter and needed late-game rallies to steal wins over Orlando, Utah and Memphis. In the end, they outscored opponents by a total of 111 points (15.9 per contest) over that stretch. Its very difficult to do, to play at home this many games in a row, Casey said. Psychologically, its tough to go through the grind, the monotony of every other day or whatever the schedule was. I think our guys mentally fought through that and thats something thats a credit to them. Thats what weve been preaching, is to fight through things mentally, be focused, dont let outside distractions get you outside what you want to do. So Ive been relatively pleased. I really like the focus of our team right now. Weve got to maintain it, be consistent with it. Thats the main thing right now. You just stay focused, man, Hayes said. You understand that its a marathon, you understand that were playing for something bigger than a seven-game home stand. Youve got to win these games at home, youve got to protect home. Due to the fact that weve been lucky enough to have a seven-game home stand in November, December were out there on that road and were going to need each other. Thats when the real test begins. How will they fair when adversity hits? Will the chemistry theyve raved about hold up? We really havent hit the dog days of the season yet, December and January is where it hits you, Hayes said. But we have a great group of veterans, a great group of guys, who know how to be professionals. If we slip up we hold each other accountable and thats very important in this locker room. They will see four playoff caliber opponents over their next four games, two of them on the road, beginning with the James and the new-look Cavaliers in Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back Saturday. Its been nearly five years since the Raptors have defeated James, going back to his first stint in Ohio. Since then, hes had their number - mostly as a member of the Heat - winning 16 straight meetings with Toronto. Hes one more victory away from tying Steve Nash for most consecutive wins (by a player) over the Raps. Overall, theyre 32-7 against the King, with their last road win coming in 2004, his rookie year. While the Cavaliers have struggled to find themselves on the defensive end with a newly formed big three, Washington has been undermanned in the absence of injured, and recently mended guard Bradley Beal, and the rest of the East has looked predictably average, the Raptors have taken advantage of their continuity and a forgiving early-season schedule. [Its] very significant, said Hayes. Because it gives you that margin of error when you do hit those dog days in December and January. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '