Jermain Defoe reveals that this former Spurs manager said he was better than Falcao

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Jermain Defoe has enjoyed an incredible career both at club level and on the international stage, with the 37-year-old still plying his trade for Rangers in Scotland.

Defoe scored 64 goals in 177 games during his first spell with Spurs, before returning in 2008 to play another 186 games and find the back of the net another 79 times (Wikipedia).

Throughout his career, the Englishman has netted 298 goals in 735 games at club level, as well as 20 in 57 for his country.

In a recent interview, the former Spurs man revealed that he enjoyed working with Andre Villas-Boas in North London and the way he structured his training sessions.

AVB replaced Harry Redknapp at the helm in the summer of 2012 after Spurs missed out on Champions League qualification. Defoe insisted that he took to the Portuguese coach quickly despite his good relationship with Redknapp.

The England star also opened up on how the current Marseille boss once told him he was better than Radamel Falcao and how the statement made a real impact on him.

Falcao, now 34-years-old, has scored an incredible 285 goals in 494 games, although he struggled in England with both Man United and Chelsea (Wikipedia).

Speaking about Villas-Boas, Defoe said (Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk Podcast): “He was brilliant with me, to be honest. I remember speaking to him and I used to ask questions about what Falcao was like and he actually said ‘Falcao was amazing. You’ve got little bit more’

“And I was like ‘Yeah right’, and so I don’t know if he just did that just to sort of get into my head and for the confidence side of things.

“I remember him saying that I thought it’s a nice touch when your manager says that.

“I remember playing, scoring goals. I loved his training, so organised. Everyday was different. We would literally use the whole of the training ground.

“So we’d go from this pitch where we play one game and then go to that pitch, then go into the cage and do five-a-side. His training was amazing.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Like many other Spurs fans, I really wanted things to work out for Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham. It was clear that he had some great ideas and was very enthusiastic. This revelation from Defoe confirms how meticulous Villas-Boas was in his preparation. However, Levy made the right decision to sack him when he did as we were deteriorating rapidly on the pitch.

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