José Mourinho handed out a small sneer to Real Madrid on Sunday evening after Tottenham Hotspur’s narrow victory over Brighton & Hove Albion (2-1). It is Gareth Bale, who had ended up at the ‘Koninklijke’ and recently returned to ‘Spurs’, made the winning goal in London.
Bale entered the field at Tottenham twenty minutes before time and was already accurate three minutes after his substitution. The 31-year-old Welshman headed in a cross from Sergio Reguilón – also a former Real Madrid player – and scored his first goal for the Londoners since the 2012/2013 season.
“When I have five minutes to spare, I will go to the Real Madrid website to see what they write about Bale’s goal,” Mourinho said as a teasing blow to the Spanish superpower. The Portuguese himself worked as a coach at Real Madrid between 2010 and 2013 and had to leave after a disappointing third season.
At Tottenham, Bale hopes to show himself again after a difficult period in Madrid. Last season in particular, it was more about the attacker’s golf outings than his performance on the field. In the last seven league games, he was never used by trainer Zinedine Zidane.
Despite this difficult period, Mourinho is confident that Bale can reinvent himself at Tottenham. “He knows that we care about him a lot and that is the other way around. Gareth fits perfectly here, is calm, intelligent and his feeling is good”, emphasized ‘The Special One’.
Mourinho’s statements are confirmed by the main character himself. “It’s great that I am playing here again. I hardly needed time to adjust and the team is looking after me fantastically. I am very happy to be here again,” said Bale, who was already under contract between 2007 and 2013 at Tottenham.
Joël Veltman could not prevent Gareth Bale from signing for the winning goal in London. (Photo: Pro Shots)