Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed that Spurs fans are starting to enjoy Welsh international, Gareth Bale, who scored twice against Burnley on his first-ever Premier League home start of the season.
Gareth Bale appeared back to his best as he gave a glimpse of prime 2012-2014 Bale when he bagged two goals and an assist in Tottenham’s emphatic 4-0 win over Burnley.
His performance on Sunday has been his best since he joined the London-based club in a loan deal from Real Madrid.
After opening the scoring in just the second minute, the Welshman then set up Harry Kane after a sweet long pass to the forward. Minutes after Bale was involved in Lucas Moura’s third as Jose Mourinho’s men ran riot in the first half.
He then added a brilliant left-foot cut in goal after the break to complete a fine afternoon’s work to help Spurs to just a second Premier League win in seven games.
Speaking in a post-match press conference, Mourinho challenged the 31-year-old to remain in peak physical condition.
“Yes, but he handled himself,” he told talkSPORT. “It’s like we are doing this all together as a team.
“Him, myself, my staff, sports science, medicals, it is everything together. So even during the game, I was asking, ‘Don’t let the fatigue arrive’.
“So you have to go out before fatigue arrives and we did that, so of course we are managing him. We left him on the bench in the Europa League, thinking that today could be important and he cannot play two games in a very short space of time.
“So yes, but his experience has helped a lot.”
Gareth Bale has been directly involved in eight goals in his last four games for Spurs, His recent surge in performance will delight one half of north London as the Mourinho-led team looks foward to making it to the Top Four of the Premier League table.
“It is the best Gareth Bale that we have had this season,” he added. “More confidence, better condition and no bad feelings with injuries.
“His left foot will always be his left foot, but the change of speed, the change of direction and winning duels was not something he was able to do three or four months ago.
“At this moment, he is giving us that so I’m very happy for the team because the team needs him.
“But very happy for Gareth because, of course, he is a Spurs boy and it means a lot to him to bring happiness to people.”