Bale, Europe’s new golden boy
After his magical hat-trick in the San Siro it was inevitable that Gareth Bale was going to start being linked with Europe’s elite. The Spurs winger announced himself on the European stage with one of the most thrilling and impressive quick fire hat-tricks in the competition’s history.
The Welshman very nearly single handily salvaged a point for his side after Inter had dominated the game for so long, leading 4-0 going into the 52nd minute before Bale scored a lovely solo effort. The goal looked nothing more than a consolation with the match entering time added on before Bale scored a carbon copy of his first, earning the match ball straight after with another deadly finish. The champions hung on, but Spurs will have the chance for revenge when they play host to the Italian giants next week. Anyone who has bet on Champions League group stages will know the game is crucial for their hopes.
Bale has been an ever present in the Spurs first team this season and has flourished in his role as winger. His form and amount of games has prompted Harry Redknapp to give the 21-year-old a few days off, with the order to go and get a tan before Spurs’ tough upcoming fixtures. They’ll want the winger fit and raring to go when Spurs face the daunting trip to Old Trafford this weekend to face Manchester United before the Inter game.
The Champions League specials suggest Spurs can progress and they currently lie in the all important second qualifying place in Group A, thanks to a victory over Twente, a draw against Werder Bremen and their narrow loss to Inter.