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Tottenham 3-1 Inter: Bale rips through Nerazzurri

November 2, 2010

Bale does it again; Are there many better?

Gareth Bale produced another breathtaking display of wing-play as Tottenham put their San Siro demons to bed to comprehensively beat Rafael Benitez’s Inter Milan at White Hart Lane. Bale’s recent form in the Champions League has not only added a few million to his price tag but has fueled belief that Spurs can qualify through the group stage and further.

Bale’s two performances against the holders of the European Cup were made all the more spectacular by the fact that he was playing up against the man who is seen globally as the best right full-back in world football, Maicon. On this chilly but dry evening at the Lane, the Brazilian was made to look more like a pub player than a world beater. Bale’s constant harrassment and unrivalled pace down the left wing was clearly Spurs main outlet, and why not. 2 weeks ago he sithed open the Inter defence to score a remarkable hattrick at the San Siro, and you wouldn’t have bet against a similar outcome on Tuesday night.

Despite Bale’s dominance, Spurs’ first goal came via some impressive trickery from Luka Modric, the man who had to be sacrificed after just 8 minutes in Milan following the dismissal of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. Modric’s skill and sublime vision set up Rafael van der Vaart, who smashed the ball home from 6 yards. Joy for Harry Redknapp and the thousands inside White Hart Lane.

Things looked like they’d get even better for the home side just 15 minutes later as once again Bale got the better of the hapless Maicon before feeding in a gorgeous cross, only for Peter Crouch to volley wide when it seemed easier to score than miss. However, Spurs made it into the break a goal to the good, something they would have been dreaming about following their first half display in Italy a fortnight ago.

With the intensity and tempo Spurs employed in the first 45, one could have been forgiven for thinking they’d take their foot off the gas and shut up shop, particularly when Rafael van der Vaart was forced off at the break with a tight hamstring. Jermaine Jenas was his replacement. On the contrary, Spurs came out firing on all cylinders once again. Bale continued where he’d left off in the first half and it wasn’t long before he’d embarrassed Maicon for the umpteenth time to find Crouch in the middle for an easy tap in 3 yards out. 2-0, and 3 points were all but there’s.

Samuel Eto’o had scored 15 goals in the season before kick off, but hadn’t had the chance to show such form in the first hour of the game. Nonetheless, you can never keep a great goalscorer down, and for the first time in the game he was allowed half a yard by Alan Hutton. The rest, as they say, is history. Eto’o’s finish was emphatic, and suddenly the nails of many a Spurs fan were beginning to disintegrate bit by bit. Enter, you guessed it, Gareth Bale. Perhaps his best run of the game set up and sealed the Spurs win. An incisive run from inside his own half, a change of pace to skip past the flat-footed Maicon and a sumptuous ball into the feet of Roman Pavlyuchenko. 3-1. Game over.

Bale’s form has attracted the attention of the big clubs, as it usually does. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Inter themselves have all been sniffing, but there is absolutely no doubt that this 21-year old wonder is going nowhere, as long as Harry Redknapp is a Tottenham Hotspur manager. They say Messi is the best. They say Ronaldo is as good. But who can say that Tottenham and Wales’ Gareth Bale isn’t the best winger in the world right now? If only he was English.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 7, 2010 5:21 pm

    Ahh yes.. If only he was English!

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