Gareth Bale has benefited from the “psychological wounds” of past injuries, according to Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho, after the forward scored four goals in a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Bale and Harry Kane each scored two goals on Sunday, lifting Spurs to sixth place in the Premier League with 45 points after 27 games, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

Bale returned to Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in September after having his worst season in Spain with three goals in all competitions in 2019-20.

He had a slow start to life back at Spurs due to a knee injury and a lack of first-team action, but he has rediscovered his form in recent weeks, scoring six goals in his last six appearances.

Mourinho said, “I noticed psychological scars.” “I believe it is the psychological scars, not the muscular scars, that carry doubts and instability after a couple of seasons with a lot of injuries.

“There comes a point when you’re working hard and everyone around you is giving it their all when the psychological barrier has to be broken. And he shattered it. He was the one who did it, not us. We simply backed him up.”

Spurs host Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday, followed by a trip to Arsenal for the north London derby on Sunday.


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