Gareth Bale appeared to aim a sly dig towards Jose Mourinho as he was asked about Tottenham’s tactics following their 2-1 win against Southampton on Wednesday.
Mourinho was sacked on Monday as a result of Spurs’ dismal recent form, with Ryan Mason stepping in on an interim basis.
And the 29-year-old guided his side to a narrow victory in his first game – a result which leaves Spurs just two points off the top four.
Spurs fell behind to a Danny Ings opener in the first-half, but Bale equalised with a fine curling effort on the hour mark.
And after Sergio Reguilon was fouled just inside the box late on, Son Heung-Min converted the penalty to hand the home team a crucial three points.
Bale and Mourinho had a fractious relationship during the Portuguese coach’s time in North London, and the Welshman will no doubt not be too devastated to see him leave.
And when asked about what Spurs must improve going forward by Sky Sports at full-time, Bale appeared to make a point about the perceived overly defensive football they had been playing under Mourinho.
“Maybe just to be on the front foot a bit more,” Bale replied. “We want to attack, we’re a big team with big players and we need to try and stay higher up the pitch and I think we did that today.”
Bale also praised the effect of Mason’s words at half-time after Spurs fell behind, adding: “There were a few positional issues with the team, and he told us to be a bit more patient on the ball.
“He gave a good team-talk at half-time and we came out in the second-half and played pretty well.”
Spurs are now well in the race for a Champions League qualification spot, but will first aim to win their first piece of silverware for 13 years when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.