Jose Mourinho has said in the press conference today that Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale doesn’t need to convince him.
The Portuguese boss is under pressure after Spurs lost five times in their last six Premier League games, the latest being a 2-1 London derby defeat at the hands of West Ham.
However, the north Londoners have done well so far in the Europa League, and they are certain to progress through to the next round.
Spurs welcome Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League round of 32. The home side are 4-1 up from the first leg against the Austrian side, played in a neutral venue in Budapest.
Mourinho on Bale: “He doesn’t need to convince me of anything. It is about being ready to play the minutes we would all love him to play. It’s a process, we want him to be ready to play every minute. He is a player with special qualities.” #THFC
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Bale, who joined in the summer transfer window from Real Madrid on loan, has featured heavily in the Europa League campaign, but he hasn’t been used enough in the Premier League.
The Welsh winger looked in good shape against the Hammers and made a great impact in the second half after coming on in place of Erik Lamela.
He provided an assist, played out some very passes, and hit the crossbar, and Mourinho has suggested that Bale has got ‘special qualities’.
Mourinho suggested after the game that Bale is not ready to start two matches in a row, but he is expected to start on Thursday.