Gareth Bale is certainly one of the most exciting player in the world to watch these days. The Tottenham Hotspur winger’s efforts in Spurs’ two-game series with Inter Milan in the Champions League group stage was exhilarating stuff. Watching Bale, was the best thing in soccer since Mesut Ozil’s performance at the World Cup. The 21-year-old made a mockery of Inter Milan’s back line - said to be one of the best in the world.
In fact, Bale, destroyed top-defenders Maicon and Lucio. Maicon is Europe’s 2010 award-winning defender, while Inter Milan is the current European champion.
At the San Siro in Milan, Bale scored a stunning hat-trick in Spurs 4-3 loss. In the return home game on Tuesday, the Welshman set up two wonderful goals with his blazing runs down the left flank, finishing off with perfect crosses as Spurs upset Inter 3-1. Inter had never lost a game in London before.
After Tuesday’s game, his team mate at Spurs Rafael van der Vaart said, “Everyone is scared of him (Bale). Maicon is one of the best right-backs in the world - he killed him.”
Bale not only has speed, but accuracy in his passes, combined with a powerful shot. He is a tireless runner with remarkable poise and balance. His work rate against Inter was remarkable.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo said: “Bale combines the height and build of an 800-metre runner like Steve Ovett with the acceleration and directness of a rugby winger like Bryan Habana. And, when he gets to the byline, he delivers curling crosses like a Brazilian. Big words? Yes, but that’s what Bale is like - easily the greatest sensation in the opening month and a half of the Champions League. Ask Maicon what he thinks after the two exhibitions Bale turned in against Inter. Yesterday he left Maicon for dead and then a wily old fox like Lúcio was left in his wake like someone trying to follow the vapour trail of an aeroplane. Three goals and two assists - against the European champions. His performances have been stunning.”
Quite a write-up for the young Welsh player.
Bale’s effort of Spurs third goal on Tuesday night was pure magic. The speedy winger, stroked the ball to the side of Maicon, and then collected his pass on the other side of the Brazilian right-back, who was stuck to the turf like a statue.
What English players can we compare to Bale? Aaron Lennon? Theo Walcott? Shaun Wright-Phillips? None of them can match Bale in his current form. Walcott may have the speed but are his crosses as accurate as Bale’s?
Raised in Cardiff, Wales, Bale began his pro-career at Southampton in 2005 and moved to Spurs two years later. He is now being linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Watching Spurs play against Inter Milan in the two game series, makes you wonder, why we didn’t see this kind of soccer at the World Cup?
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