Jose Mourinho has revealed Gareth Bale’s arrival has given him the best strike force he has ever managed.
The Spurs boss lavished praise on chairman Daniel Levy and said: “With the number of players, yes. I’ve had incredible attacking forces.
“I remember my first season in Inter, not the season we won the treble, the strikers were Ibrahimovic, Adriano and Hernan Crespo and I had these in more than one club.
“Looking just at the attacking three positions here I have Harry Kane and Vinicius, Son, Bergwijn, Lamela and Lucas. Especially in these three attacking positions it is top quality and great numbers.”
And Mourinho is licking his lips at prospect of Gareth Bale bringing his Real Madrid form back to north London.
The Welsh serial winner is set to make an appearance – most likely from the bench – in Sunday’s showdown against in-form West Ham.
Bale lifted 16 trophies including four Champions League titles and scored 105 goals in 251 games in all competitions for Real.
Mourinho has made clear that the 31-year-old will be given the chance to pick up where he left off in 2013 by playing in his favoured position – on the right, with Son Heung Min on the left and Harry Kane through the middle.
“One of the first questions in my first conversation with Gareth,” said the Spurs boss, “was ‘What’s your favourite position’. I wanted to start from there and he answered.
“Does that mean he will always be used there? No. Because he will play where the team needs him to play.
“But he was very clear by saying that his favourite position is on the right. It’s not as a No.10, it’s not as a striker, it’s not any more on the left side like he did in the first years of his career at Southampton and Tottenham. His favourite position now is on the right side.
“When he reaches his continuity and when he reaches his normal intensity and dynamic, I think he can be the player people saw being decisive when he went to Real Madrid, in a very similar position.
“Real Madrid was basically, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo, with Bale playing fundamentally playing from the right and that’s the position he prefers.”
Spurs host the Hammers having won five of their last seven with their last game a 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford. In their previous game Spurs demolished Maccabi Haifa 7-2.
But Mourinho is even more excited at the rich array of options now available to him as the season re-starts in earnest.
“We have a squad where every player has to fight a lot and play very, very well to deserve a place in the team,” he said.
“The squad is so, so good, so strong. We have so, so many options that I refuse to say that this or that player is a first choice because if you are a first choice today you are going to be a second choice in the next squad and vice-versa.”
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West Ham will prove strong opponents, having won their last two games with clean sheets and scoring seven goals in the process.
But Mourinho believes his interchangeable strike force will torment defenses this season, with Kane set to continue enjoying his free role.
“Harry is a No9 and he will always be a No9,” he said. “But there are No9s who, if they score goals, they play well and if they don’t score goals they don’t play well.
“Harry can play as nine, ten and can even play coming from the left. So if he can do that and explore these areas to help the team to develop his game, why not?”
Predicted Spurs XI vs West Ham: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Reguilon, Hojberg, Sissoko, Ndombele, Son, Moura, Kane.
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