Villas-Boas hails Tottenham's 'excellent attacking football' after Inter win

The Portuguese was delighted with his charges after they earned a 3-0 first-leg win over the Italians in the sides' Europa League last-16 clash at White Hart Lane
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas lauded his side's attacking play following their 3-0 win over Inter at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen helped Spurs to victory, putting them in pole position to reach the last eight of the Europa League ahead of March 14's second leg at the San Siro.

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And, though the Portuguese expects a difficult night in Italy, he was delighted with Spurs' performance on home soil.

"It was a full 90-minute performance with excellent attacking football. We tried to limit their chances and had so many opportunities. It was a great European night," Villas-Boas enthused to reporters.

"Unfortunately, we're not through yet because we have to go there and the San Siro is a very difficult place to go."

The 33-year-old went on to controversially hint that goalscorer Bale had intentionally picked up a yellow card so as to avoid a suspension further on in the competition.

"It's difficult but with this result, if he hadn't have got the card, it would not have cleared him. We took a risk, obviously, but we have talent throughout the squad," he noted.

"We have now allowed Gareth to clean his yellow cards and hopefully we can make it through [without him]."