We love playing under AVB, insists Spurs full-back Walker
21:55 GMT, 15 September 2012
Anyone who thinks the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas in succession to Harry Redknapp was a dangerous gamble should think again, according to the club's England full-back Kyle Walker.
Tottenham travel to Reading seeking their first Premier League win after a shaky start that has yielded just two points from three games, but Walker says everyone has been pulling in the same direction since Villas- Boas was controversially appointed Redknapp's successor, despite having been sacked by Chelsea in March.
High praise: Kyle Walker says AVB has impressed at Spurs
As part of the new broom sweeping into Spurs, last week the club used their new 45million state-of-the-art training ground for the first time.
Walker is convinced it will revive their fortunes with Villas-Boas in charge, even though the 34-year-old has a record of just three wins from his last 15 games in the top flight.
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'The gaffer has been top-class tactically and training-wise it's the hardest I can ever remember in my career,' said Walker.
'Results may not have come but it takes time to gel. Personally, I don't feel any pressure. If you feel pressure in football, you're not going to play your best. Once we put into practice what we are working on in training, we could go out and beat someone 6-0. I'm certain it will come good.'
Rumour has it that, in the last few months of Redknapp's four-year reign, some players were uncomfortable with his coaching methods – or lack of them.
And according to Walker, Villas-Boas has been a breath of fresh air.
'I was excited when he got the job. Chelsea are Chelsea, Spurs are Spurs,' said Walker, who was talking at the launch of the FIFA 13 Demo.
'There has been no bickering whatsoever. The gaffer before was very old school but it's modern- day football now. It's fast, it's quick, the tempo is frightening.'
Walker revealed how his fellow England full-back Ashley Cole played up the credentials of AVB despite the well-chronicled fallouts at Stamford Bridge.
He said: 'Ashley had nothing but positive things to say about him.
'I remember playing against Ashley when the gaffer was at Chelsea. He was incredibly difficult to mark because of the way the gaffer gets his full-backs playing.
'Jose Mourinho was known as the Special One – maybe he learned from him.'
Kyle Walker appears in EA SPORTS FIFA13, available on iOS on Sept 25 and on all formats on Sept 28. Download the DEMO now on PS3, Xbox and PC.