May 8, 2021

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Chelsea vs Tottenham, Jose Mourinho vs Alison Bender, Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale was greeted with a hero’s welcome when he linked back with Tottenham in...


Gareth Bale was greeted with a hero’s welcome when he linked back with Tottenham in September but it has been far from the ideal homecoming.

The Welsh star returned to Spurs on a deal worth around £230,000 per week ($A408,000) but has failed to live up to the hefty price tag.

Struggling for game time and form, Bale has not established himself as the genuine game-winning option Tottenham need him to be given how much it cost to bring him over from Real Madrid.

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As expected, Bale’s performances have been placed under particular scrutiny along with Jose Mourinho’s tactical decisions on when to use him.

Bale was again left on the bench for the entire match against Chelsea after failing to make a serious impact in Tottenham’s defeat at Brighton.

It was his first league start in nearly three months.

Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were instead backed by Mourinho to come on as Tottenham fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Blues.

Post-game Mourinho was asked at the end of a wide-ranging interview about his decision to leave Bale on the bench.

His response garnered plenty of attention but offered little insight into the call.

“Good question… but you don’t deserve an answer,” he coldly snapped back at reporter Alison Bender before walking away.

It was not the first time Mourinho had provided a non-answer on Bale’s form.

After a disappointing effort against Brighton, the Tottenham coach refused to criticise the Welsh recruit.

Instead he claimed he would only single Bale out for positive contributions.

Asked if Bale had lived up to expectations, he said: “We lost a match and when we lose a match, we lose a match, we lose all together. We don’t lose because of one player, or one bad performance. We lose together.

“So I don’t think it’s fair, especially for myself, in representation of my team, I don’t think it’s fair to answer to you to that question, especially now.

“If that question comes in a great moment for the team, and after a victory, and when Gareth like the team plays a good game, it’s easier for me to answer to you. I don’t want to do that. We lost, and we all lost.”

In another media opportunity with reporters after the Chelsea loss, Mourinho’s take on Bale was: “I’m doing my best, he’s doing his best, everybody is doing their best.”

Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan was highly critical of Bale’s signing earlier in the week, branding it “scandalous.”

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Speaking to talkSPORT, Jordan said: “I think Gareth Bale and what’s happening with him at Tottenham is scandalous!

“I don’t want to make everything about money, but ultimately there has to be a point where people are paid what they’re worth and they’re worth what they’re paid – this player will be had under the trade descriptions act, he’s not fit for purpose.

“He should be able to slot into this side and provide solutions, but he is a mile off and it’s quite scandalous really.

“Look at this, this is not right, something is not right here. Either this player is complete and utter past his sell by date… I know people say ‘form is temporary and class is permanent’, but at some point you’ve got to ask, where’s the class then?

“His form is not temporary, his form is now permanent, and it’s bloody disappointing.”

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On the other hand, Brighton boss Graham Potter was more empathetic when asked about Bale’s form after his side’s win over Tottenham.

“I know that it’s not easy if you haven’t been playing football for a while to suddenly hit the ground running in the Premier League, it’s not that simple, regardless of who you are,” Potter said.

“You need a bit of time, you need to get into that rhythm, adapt to the league, even though he’s coming in having been here in the past.

“If you haven’t been playing regularly, the demands and the intensity of it are quite strong and then he’s going to a club that’s obviously got competition and good players.”



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