‘The curse continues!’: Spanish media can’t resist a dig at Gareth Bale
Spanish media wasted no time taking aim at Gareth Bale and the ‘curse’ that follows the Welshman following his role in Tottenham’s three-goal collapse against West Ham, as reports the Daily Mail.
Bale made his first appearance since rejoining Tottenham in a loan deal from Real Madrid this summer, coming off the bench for the last 20 minutes on Sunday with Jose Mourinho’s side 3-0 up.
He missed a brilliant opportunity to seal the win and was left to reflect on an agonising finish with Manuel Lanzini netting a stoppage-time stunner for 3-3.
‘We had to wait a month, of course, after Bale arrived injured and it seems the curse stays with him,’ an editorial in Spanish paper Diario AS read.
‘Tottenham were on track when Mourinho gave the fans the pleasure of Bale, who came on at 3-0. Incredible. West Ham’s goals flew in one after another…’
Bale’s misfortune was well received in Spain with Marca one of the publications producing a highlights package of Tottenham’s capitulation following the Welshman’s introduction.
‘Bale came out in 72 ‘at 3-0, at 3-2 he had a chance for 4-2 but it finished 3-3… better not to have gotten up (off the bench),’ read the video title.
Spurs fans were left to recall a Bale curse from his first spell after their spectacular collapse.
Bale failed to win any of his first 24 Premier League games for Tottenham in a bizarre quirk to his start in north London having arrived to great fanfare from Southampton.
Unlike the Spanish press, Jose Mourinho was unwilling to pin the three-goal slide on returning hero Bale and his missed opportunity at 3-2.
‘Don’t think so, honestly don’t think so,’ he said.
‘The decision not to start him was I think a good decision. A decision to show that he doesn’t have a beautiful chair waiting for him in the team and he sits there the first time he can.
‘It was a message to the team that in this team everybody has to fight for positions.
‘He’s very well accepted in the group. Everyone likes him, and I believe he also likes what he found here. So everything is positive and the focus was not on him.
‘The focus was on the game and he was on the bench for 65 minutes or so and I don’t think so, I don’t think at all.
‘It’s a pity that he couldn’t score that fourth goal which was a beauty and would have killed the game. But that’s football.’