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The Portuguese believes the club's continuing desire to improve on the pitch and behind the scenes must be commended, with Spurs aiming for another Champions League berth

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side's continuing desire to improve on the pitch and behind the scenes is a great example to the rest of the Premier League.

Spurs opened a new multi-million pound training centre in September to further improve the squad's development, with a long-mooted move a new stadium still in the pipeline.

Tottenham have either broken or matched their best-ever Premier League finish five times in the last seven seasons - finishing fourth twice in the last three seasons - and Villas-Boas believes the club's continuing determination to better themselves must be commended.

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"The growth is continuing and I know that the owner and chairman are very driven in achieving the club’s aim of building a new stadium," Villas-Boas said.

"I think that this wonderful training ground allows the players to further flourish and develop their game. It also allows us to attract better players; it’s a great environment and a great example to the Premier League."

The north London side are currently unbeaten in their last five league matches but face a battle with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Villas-Boas is coming to the end of his first season in charge at White Hart Lane and believes a quarter-final berth in the Europa League and continuing challenge for a top-four spot spells a successful debut campaign.

"This season we have competed hard in the Europa League to see how far we could go, and everything is still to play for in the Premier League," he told reporters.

"The Europa League was a good experience. We had a change of attitude towards the competition and that has been an extremely good thing for everybody.

"All the players have received me well and when you receive that sort of openness you can create a good environment.

"On a personal note the season has been good for me, that’s not what matters most, though, the club is what matters most and their ambitions and desire to move forward. Hopefully we have been able to meet some of the fans’ expectations too."



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