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Veteran keeper is targeting trophies at Tottenham

Brad Friedel: Excited to be part of the new era at Tottenham

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel is impressed with new manager Andre Villas-Boas and believes he can help the club win trophies.

Villas-Boas was appointed as Harry Redknapp's replacement as Spurs boss earlier this month and has already spoken of his intention to bring silverware to White Hart Lane.

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Friedel has vast experience having first played in the Premier League in 1998 and knows it is vital that the squad believe in the former Chelsea boss.

The 41-year-old American told the Daily Star Sunday: "We want to try to win every trophy this season and as a player that's the type of message that you want to hear from a coach.

"I'm very impressed with him - he seems confident, diligent, organised and professional. He wants us to win trophies and the players need to buy into that way of thinking."

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"The players are excited by the new era and we buy in to that philosophy.

"We hope we can improve on what we did last season and we weren't that far off for a long spell.

"We have a great squad along with an exciting crop of hungry youngsters.

"You can't just aim for a top-four finish, you have to believe you can win the title."

Nothing to prove

The Portuguese coach was dismissed by Chelsea in March with his sacking blamed on a revolt among the senior players at Stamford Bridge.

But Friedel believes his new boss can bounce back from that disappointment.

He added: "He has got nothing to prove. I've been in football for 21 years and I've found that there's no right way or wrong way to be a coach.

"I'm very impressed with him - he seems confident, diligent, organised and professional.

"He wants us to win trophies and the players need to buy into that way of thinking."

Spurs will not be playing in the UEFA Champions League in the coming season despite finishing fourth after Chelsea seized their place by winning this year's tournament.

And Friedel admits he could not bear to watch as Didier Drogba's penalty against Bayern Munich won the trophy for the Blues.

"It was destiny that his last kick for Chelsea would win them the cup. I turned away from the TV because I knew what was going to happen," he added.

"But I can assure you there won't be a hangover from Chelsea taking our Champions League place. That's firmly in the past now."