Steffen Freund: This Tottenham team will beat club record set under Villas-Boas
By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham favourite Steffen Freund believes the current team will beat the club’s 72 point record set under Andre Villas-Boas four years a go.
Freund, 47, was appointed the assistant to Villas-Boas in 2012 after the Portuguese naitional took over the role on the touchline following his sacking from Chelsea almost four months earlier.
He suffered a similar fate at Spurs after leaving the club in December 2013 “by mutual consent,” but he is also responsible for giving the club their highest points tally since the Premier League’s foundation as Tottenham finished the 2012-13 season in fifth place and on 72 points.
It is a total that has not been matched since and Mauricio Pochettino did come close to it as Spurs finished third and on 70 points in the last campaign.
But, the Argentine now has his team in second on 71 points and six matches remaining and Freund believes they will set their own record this season.
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“To play for a club in the Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur was a massive chance for me and now to come back as a coach, assistant coach of AVB. A successful manager in Portugal,” told Freund to Friday evening’s Fantasy Football Club show on Sky Sports One.
“It didn’t work out at Chelsea and in the end at Spurs too, but still he had the best season so far with Spurs. 72 points, the first season we worked together. This year Mauricio will catch that best record, but overall it was a great experience.”
Villas-Boas has since worked for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia before current club Shanghai SIPG in China.
Meanwhile, Freund is still part of the Tottenham set-up, working as the international technical coordinator.
The club may not have yet better the points total since Villas-Boas’ spell in charge, but the have certainly progressed in league positions and they are now fighting for the top-flight’s title with six games left.
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