Bentaleb encouraged by Spurs performance and Australian support after Sydney victory

Nabil Bentaleb Spurs

The Tottenham midfielder impressed during his club's 1-0 post-season friendly win over Sydney FC.

If the 2013-14 season was Nabil Bentaleb's breakout year, then this last campaign was the season when the youngster proved he was a player of real talent.

The Spurs academy graduate proved himself as Mauricio Pochettino's first choice central midfielder this season, making 35 appearances under the Argentine.

And in the 1-0 friendly win over Sydney FC on Saturday, he underlined how important a player he was becoming for Tottenham.

After the game, Bentaleb spoke to Channel Seven about the match and playing Down Under.

"I enjoyed myself," said the 20-year-old. "We managed to get the win also so it was fantastic.

"I was surprised there were so many people watching, and it’s fantastic to see football travel so well around the world.

"We got to know Australian football and we could see there are quality players."

Bentaleb also revealed how important Pochettino's strict training programmes aimed at improving the players' fitness had been in their success this season.

"In training it was really hard but it helped us at the end of the season and we managed to be good at the end of games," he added.

Bentaleb started the game in the unfamiliar left back role he was employed in against Everton on the last day of the season.

But such is the youngster's ability, he looked a comfortable option out wide, with his quality on the ball and willingness to get forward more employable than in the disciplined defensive midfield slot he normally finds himself in.

In the second half, the Algerian international was moved back to his regular position in the team, and was a dominant force in the middle of the park as Spurs kept the Australian side at bay, ending the game as captain.

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