Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Gareth Bale will play on Thursday in the Europa League, plus he’s claimed that his attitude has been “incredible” as a squad player.
Spurs fans are being made to be patient with Bale, who returned to the club in the transfer window on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and he’s still working his way up to full fitness.
The North London club travel to to Belgium on Thursday evening for a Europa League group stage match against Antwerp and Bale will be playing.
Bale has made just two appearances since his transfer, with the one start coming in the previous European tie against LASK and he managed an hour on the pitch during that.
The 31-year-old attacker is set to get his chance in midweek as the right-winger and supporters are crying out to see the electric player they once sold, but he’s working his way back from a knee problem.
“Bale is playing [against Antwerp]. Bale is arriving and working very hard. He’s a great example for everybody. His behaviour as a team guy is incredible. I think tomorrow we can see Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly as he’s working very hard,” Mourinho said, as quoted by Football.London.
The Europa League is the perfect competition for Bale to regain match fitness and the competition within the squad means that Mourinho can afford the luxury to rotate fairly regularly but still field a strong XI.
It’s a constant criticism aimed at Spurs that they’ve not won a piece of silverware since the 2008 League Cup, but they’ve got a group of players that can manage domestic and European competitions so should fancy themselves to go far in Europe this campaign.