Gareth Bale sent a message to former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Southampton, suggesting he should have put more emphasis on attacking.
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs on Monday with their Champions League hopes fading and was replaced until the end of the season by Ryan Mason.
Against the backdrop of European Super League controversy, which also affected Spurs, Mourinho’s dismissal was effectively overshadowed.
But with the controversial competition crumbling on Tuesday, the attention was back on Spurs’ football the following day and Mason – who became the Premier League’s youngest manager in history (29 years, 312 days) – began with a victory.
It may not have been a classic, with a late Son Heung-min penalty securing the points, but the win moved Spurs back to within two points of the top four.
Bale was willing to offer an opinion on what Spurs had to improve on following Mourinho’s dismissal, backing up reports the players had been frustrated by the Portuguese’s negative tactics.
“Maybe just to be on the front foot a bit more,” Bale told Sky Sports. “We want to attack.
“We’re a big team, we have great players and we need to attack more and stay higher up the pitch and I think we did that today.”
Spurs’ first-half display against Saints left a lot to be desired, but they improved in the second period.
Bale put their slow start down to the upheaval rather than distraction caused by the Super League.
“Us as players, all we have been focusing on is trying to get the new manager to settle in, the matter [the Super League] is closed as far as I’m concerned,” he added. “It’s not happening, so we’re all good. We can carry on as normal.”
As for adjusting to Mason, he said: “[We] just have to be patient. [There were] positional issues as a team, we’ve only had a couple of days to work on that, so just minor teething issues.
“We’ll continue to improve for the cup final at the weekend.”
That final will see Spurs go up against Manchester City in the EFL Cup, the last competition they won in 2008.