Bale aims ‘Tottenham way’ jibe at Mourinho after hat-trick

Date published: Monday 3rd May 2021 9:39 - Will Ford

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Gareth Bale was delighted at his hat-trick as Spurs played the “Tottenham way” as they brushed Sheffield United aside 4-0 on Sunday.

Ryan Mason played an attacking lineup with Bale, Son Heung-min, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli all supporting Harry Kane as they took the Blades apart at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The Welshman hit a 33-minute hat-trick with three brilliant finishes either side of half-time.


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Son added the fourth with another superb finish as Spurs closed the gap to Chelsea in fourth to five points to keep their Champions Legue qualification hopes alive.

And despite a drab performance in the Carabao Cup final to Manchester City last weekend, interim boss Mason has been praised for a return to more typical Spurs attacking football following the negative tactics under Jose Mourinho.

And Bale – in what could be perceived as a dig at former boss Mourinho, told Sky Sports: “(It’s) the fact that we’re more on the front foot, we’re closer to the goal and you’re able to score more.

“We’re playing football the Tottenham way.”

Mourinho was sacked last month after a poor run of results which left Spurs seventh in the table and out of the Europa League following an embarrassing defeat to Dinamo Zagreb

The Portuguese boss was also criticised for his treatment of Bale, who had made just six Premier League starts having joined on loan from Real Madrid in the summer.

Mourinho also came under-fire for his treatment of Bale, with the Real Madrid loanee making just six Premier League starts under the departed boss.

“I feel good, as I’ve said before I just needed to play games, to get a run of games and I’m doing that now,’ Bale said, looking to the future.

“I’m happy and when I’m happy I normally play well.

“It was a great performance from the first whistle. I feel like we were on the font foot and we pressed well, got hold of the ball, played some good football. It’s always nice to get another (hat-trick) ball.

“You have to take your chances when they come, and I had a few tonight.

“Winning always makes everyone happy, it gives a winning mentality to the dressing room. That’s all we can do.”

 

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