Gareth Bale endorsed caretaker boss Ryan Mason’s latest attacking blueprint after his magnificent hat-trick in Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Sheffield United.
Tottenham maintained their position in the Champions League qualification chase, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by five points with four games left.
Bale was unplayable and increased his Premier League tally to eight goals in the last eight days, but there may be some regret over what should have been this season.
Even after regaining peak fitness, the Welshman was alarmingly under-utilized by former manager Jose Mourinho, and playing with independence in a front four with Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, and Dele Alli, Spurs were a persistent challenge and a far cry from the tactical style that dogged Mourinho’s period.
Bale’s Comment On His Hat-Trick:
Bale told Sky Sports after scoring his first Tottenham hat-trick since 2012: “It’s satisfying to get another hat-trick and a match ball. I recall my last hat-trick, which was probably against Villa. It was a while ago, and while it’s good to get a hat-trick, the most important thing is that it’s three points for the side, and we go on to the next one. Everyone put in a great effort, particularly Serge [Aurier, who had two assists]. I told him that if he had three assists, he might have the match ball. Winning makes you happier and instills a winning attitude in the locker room. It won’t happen immediately, but I believe we’re moving in the right direction.
You have to take your chances as they present themselves, and luckily, I had a couple of tonight. I’m in a good mood. As I previously said, what I wanted was to play games and have a run of games, which I’m doing now, so I’m happy, and when I’m happy, I usually play well. The team delivered an outstanding result. I thought we were on the front foot from the first whistle, took charge, and played some good football. I think we’re moving in the right direction and playing more like Tottenham.”
Ryan Mason Comments On Bale’s Stylish Performance:
Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason commented on Bale’s stylish performance. He said: “Gareth hasn’t and won’t lose his ability to deliver moments of greatness in the final third. As I’ve said all along. He’s a world-class athlete, as he’s shown over the years. The most pleasing aspect of him tonight was his demeanor, his willingness to race for the squad.”
When asked whether Bale’s loan spell with Real Madrid could be extended. Mason responded: “I believe it will be discussed after the season is over. The next game is our top priority.”