Tottenham icon lifts lid on Gareth Bale’s attitude in training amid inconsistent form
Tottenham: Mourinho denies team are in crisis
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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Gary Stevens has responded to criticism of Gareth Bale, suggesting that the 31-year-old is in need of consistent starts to prove his worth. Bale has been limited to only two Premier League starts all season since returning to the club and has failed to hit the heights many expected from him.
The Welshman has also struggled with injury setbacks this campaign, which have further prevented any kind of rhythm being maintained.
Recent performances have suggested that Bale is slowly finding his form, however, despite Spurs’ poor results as a team.
The Real Madrid loanee has divided opinion since joining on loan from Real Madrid, but Stevens believes his patchy form cannot be attributed to a poor attitude.
“He needs to [finish the season strongly]. So far, with the exception of this 45 minutes and the game in Europe, he hasn’t done much strongly for Spurs on the park,” the 1984 UEFA Cup winner with Spurs told Stadium Astro.
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“My understanding is around the facilities and training ground he’s been a positive person, a good influence and he has trained well.”
“I think he gave the club a lift when he joined, because everybody was expecting a lot. Now, he really does need to deliver.
“I can only look back to my playing days and think about when I was not in favour with the coach and was left out, it’s hard if you don’t have a run of games.
“Gareth Bale needs a series of games, one after the next, because you need that to get your fitness levels up as well.”
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Talk of challenging for the title has slowly faded for Mourinho’s men, who currently trail league leaders Manchester City by 23 points.
The battle for Spurs is now securing a top-four place, a race that looks likely to go down to the wire.
Mourinho downplayed ‘crisis’ claims after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham United but suggested that there are issues out of his control at the club.
“I wouldn’t say crisis,” he said when questioned about Spurs’ form.
“If crisis is frustration and sadness in the dressing room, I would say so because nobody is happy. Groups are in crisis when you are not together in search of better results.
“I would say a bad, a really bad, run of results. That is obvious. We’re losing too many matches.”
“Mine and my coaching staff’s methods are second to nobody in the world.
“I think for a long, long time, we have problems in the team that I cannot resolve by myself as a coach.”
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