Gareth Bale destroyed Brazilian defender Maicon in Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-1 victory over Inter Milan last night.
After the game, Bale claimed that he is using Cristiano Ronaldo has his inspiration to become unstoppable.
“Obviously teams are trying to stop me in a way, and obviously I’ve got to think of other ways to get past them,” said Bale. “I’m going to have to keep learning in training and in games and try things and hopefully improve as a player which will allow me to continue to thrive. And I think with all the world-class players these days, the likes of Ronaldo, teams double up on him all the time and he still finds a way. And, I think, as a player, you’ve got to keep trying to improve your game and make it an all-round game to kind of be unstoppable.”
I do wonder if Brazil boss, Mano Menezes, was watching United’s game against Spurs at the weekend as well as last night’s Champions League action at White Hart Lane. Maicon didn’t get close to Bale, whilst in contrast, Rafael kept him in his back pocket all evening.
It was also interesting to see Bale run the ball out of play against last night and put a cross in for Crouch to score. He did a similar thing at Old Trafford but Spurs failed to make anything of it. After questioning Nani’s sportmanship after the linesman failed to spot his handball, it’s interesting how frequently he makes the most of officials not paying attention…
Still, the lad is only 21-years-old and will certainly have a bright future. His contract doesn’t expire until 2014 though, so any club hoping to buy him will have to fork out a lot. With Spurs certainly making it past the group stages of Europe, and who knows from there, there will be temptation for him to stay. I’d love it if we signed him this summer though. Go on Giggsy, have a word!