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Brad Friedel: Tipping Andre Villas-Boas to be successful at Tottenham after making an instant impression

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel believes fans should be excited to have Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager.

The 34-year-old Portuguese coach replaced Harry Redknapp earlier this summer just four months after being dismissed by London rivals Chelsea.

Villas-Boas has been taking pre-season training this week and Friedel, who is seven years older than his new boss, has been impressed by what he has seen so far.

"He is a very ambitious manager, he is very organised and training has been very sharp."

Brad Friedel on Andre Villas-Boas

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"You can only take people on what you see, and from what I have seen he is a very ambitious manager, he is very organised and training has been very sharp," Friedel told talkSPORT.

"He has let us know he wants to come here to win things, so in the first couple of days, everything looks very good.

"The club did a very good job of going out to get someone very ambitious.

"There are also a lot of great staff members behind the scenes here who stayed on, so there is still that Tottenham base.

"This is all positive and our fans should be excited for the upcoming season."

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Friedel joined Spurs after his contract at Aston Villa expired last summer and soon established himself as first choice under Redknapp.

Spurs are reportedly keen to bring in France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon - jeopardising Friedel's position as No.1 - but the veteran understands the need to bring in players.

"I will do whatever asked of me, whether that is number one, two or three and will do it to the best of my ability."

Brad Friedel

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"We will welcome any good addition to the squad," he added.

"When I first signed here, there was no secret Tottenham would one day need a new long-term goalkeeper.

"I am 41, this could be my final season.

"I will do whatever asked of me, whether that is number one, two or three and will do it to the best of my ability.

"When you get older, it is easier to realise this is a team sport and the egos have to take a back seat if you want to be successful."