Gareth Bale is just beginning his second stint as a Tottenham Hotspur player as the winger hints he will be back at his best soon.
The Welshman played 62 minutes in Spurs’ 3-0 against LASK in the Europa League on Thursday night, and played a cross that ended up being turned into the back net by Andres Andrade.
It was a fairly straightforward victory for Tottenham, but Bale looked sharp and said he is treating the current period ‘like a mini preseason’ as he gets back into shape.
Gareth Bale has hinted he will be back in great shape for Tottenham Hotspur soon
“I’m a little stiff, it’s like a mini pre-season at the moment, I’m just trying to get up to speed, enjoying being back on the pitch and in this incredible club”, a- he told BT Sport.
“When I’m in great shape I’ll be sharper and hope to contribute even more.
It was the first start since returning to Tottenham for the 31-year-old, often overlooked at Real Madrid in recent years.
And his appearance off the bench against West Ham on Saturday was not as happy as an opportunity he hoped it would be, with Spurs blowing a three-goal lead while he was on the pitch.
Bale enjoys life back at Tottenham Hotspur after joining Real Madrid
Boss Jose Mourinho has refused to blame Bale’s collapse, however, and now, back in a place where fans are delighted to see him play, he’s ready to go and get more wins.
“It’s a big reason why I play well,” he said. “You want to be loved, appreciated, and to come back here, I’ll give everything for the shirt.”
After a string of injuries last season, Jose Mourinho now appears to have a wealth of talent at his disposal, and Bale may even be fighting for a spot.
Jose Mourinho now has plenty of options up front after Spurs made a few signings this summer
He knows where the rotation will be this year due to match congestion, saying: “They are a great team, they have a lot of depth and a lot of good players. Hope we can use this to our advantage. Everyone is going to be used this season and it’s good to have some competition.
In fact, it was another new signing, Carlos Vinicius, who made the headlines during the game after putting in a great performance where he did everything but make it to the scoresheet.
Son Heung-Min also netted a goal, as did Lucas Moura, on a night where Tottenham showed they can still get by without Harry Kane on the pitch.