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José Mourinho has suggested that Gareth Bale needs a ‘physical evolution’, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League clash against LASK on Thursday.
Bale returned to his former club in the summer transfer window on a one-season loan from Real Madrid. He arrived at the North London club in poor physical condition after having played little football last season and needed time to get back in top shape.
The Welshman has made seven appearances in all competitions for Spurs, scoring one goal. Now he plays regularly and gradually improves his fitness. More importantly, he is loved and respected by everyone in the club and has the full support of your manager and teammates.
Mourinho feels that Bale doesn’t need a ‘technical evolution’ but needs to work on his form. He wants me to get back in shape so that he can regain the confidence to play back-to-back games in a week.
This is what Mourinho said, cited by Football London:
“The only problem Gareth has is getting the dynamics and confidence to play back-to-back games without any bad feeling, without any negative feelings or without any memory of the recent past where the condition was not the best and the fears were there. I think it’s more about that.
He plays regularly, he has possibilities of physical evolution. Of course, he does not need a technical or tactical evolution, he needs a physical evolution and get into the intensity of the matches and regain the confidence to play consecutive games like three games in a week ”.
Bale’s situation at Spurs
Mourinho is absolutely successful here. Bale is a world class player and does not need any additional training in his technique or the tactical side of his game. But it is his physical condition that remains a major concern.
Bale was frozen in Madrid and barely played with Zinedine Zidane. He has looked good in the last few games, but one has the feeling that he is still rusty and far from reaching his best level that we all know he is capable of.
The Welshman is likely to start against LASK on Thursday, especially with Harry Kane and Vinicius injured.
Interrupted loan spell: back to Madrid?
According to Spanish media The world, Florentino Pérez, president of the Madrid club, could fire Zidane after a series of poor results (we have already discussed it here before).
Madrid lost 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday (third loss in their last five matches in all competitions) and their hopes of reaching the next round are hanging by a thread.
The suggestion that has been hanging around is that if Zidane is removed from his post, it could open the door for Bale to return to Madrid and get his career back on track with a new coach.
But nevertheless, according to Football LondonMadrid will not be able to remove him from his current loan, after they inserted a non-return clause into the deal when Bale rejoined the Spurs in the summer. In fact, the Spurs have the option of extending their loan agreement for one more season next summer, if Bale impresses this period.