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Sport Mourinho says Spurs fans cannot expect same Bale from seven years ago

10:05  31 october  2020
10:05  31 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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José Mourinho is sure Gareth Bale will thrive again at Tottenham but told fans to expect the forward to contribute in different ways from his first spell at the club. Manager points out Ronaldo and Messi have changed too. Mourinho says team missed Ndombele’s speed in Antwerp.

Bale is back at Spurs for a second spell and Mourinho says it cannot be assumed the loanee will make the same impact second time around. Which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago ? Sometimes they are just different players. "You look for example at Ronaldo and Messi

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho played down expectations on forward Gareth Bale, saying the Welshman cannot be the same explosive player who left the Premier League club to join Real Madrid seven years ago.

Gareth Bale wearing a uniform: Premier League - Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur © Reuters/LINDSEY PARNABY Premier League - Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

The 31-year-old Bale, back at Tottenham on loan from the Spanish side, is building up his fitness and has played three games in all competitions this season, including Thursday's 1-0 Europa League defeat by Belgian league leaders Royal Antwerp.

Mourinho said before that match that Bale was ready to "fly", but the Portuguese was more measured in his assessment heading into Sunday's league game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Bale is back at Spurs for a second spell and Mourinho says it cannot be assumed the loanee will make the same impact second time around. Which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago ? Sometimes they are just different players. "You look for example at Ronaldo and Messi

Bale is back at Spurs for a second spell and Mourinho says it cannot be assumed the loanee will make the same impact second time around. Which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago ? Sometimes they are just different players. "You look for example at Ronaldo and Messi

"Seven years is a long gap, so which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago? Sometimes they're not better or worse, just different players," Mourinho told reporters.

"You look for example to (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Lionel) Messi and compare them with seven years ago. They play in different areas, different positions.

"They transform their qualities, try to explore their qualities in other responsibilities on the tactical system of their teams. I think it happens with the majority of the players. So for sure he's a different player.

Mourinho backed Bale to regain his best form with more minutes under his belt.

"Every word I said on Wednesday I believe, because he's working hard, he's improving, he doesn't have one single injury since he recovered from the last one," Mourinho added.

"He didn't miss a single minute of any training session. To play 90 minutes is still hard, to play high intensity is still difficult, but he's improving and hopefully he'll be back to a better level soon."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

Glenn Hoddle says Gareth Bale is getting back to his best .
Bale was involved in Spurs' second goal of the night, laying the ball off to Harry Kane who crossed for Lucas Moura to tap-in from close range in the 32nd minute of the match. © Provided by Daily Mail Glenn Hoddle believes Gareth Bale is looking sharper after helping Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Ludogorets © Provided by Daily Mail Hoddle said it's too early to judge the Welshman but was encouraged by his performance Hoddle was impressed with the 33-year-old's performance but was quick to add he still needs time before he can be properly judged.

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