Gareth Bale is our Cristiano Ronaldo claims Andre Villas-Boas
Tottenham Hotspur have a slight advantage over Lyon going into their Europa League last 32 second leg match after a dramatic 2-1 win against the French side on Thursday night.
February 15th, 2013
The game looked like ending in a 1-1 draw before Gareth Bale produced a superb free-kick for Spurs in the final minute, having earlier opened the scoring with a similar set piece.
The Welshman is currently enjoying the most purple of patches for Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas is running out of plaudits for someone who will be in demand across Europe when the summer arrives.
AVB continues to be confident that Bale will remain at the club and claims that he’s the team’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to his all round game.
AVB said: “He is incredible. Not only his all-round game but his ability to strike free-kicks.
“The ball has so much power and it changes direction easily. Today we saw three great moments of brilliance — if you also include their goal.
“Theirs was fantastic and it was played out to be a brilliant game. Gareth is going through a great period at the moment. you have to recognise that. He is scoring lots of great goals for the team.
“This is his best scoring season for Tottenham. You can see the player is enjoying his football and getting a buzz out of it. When things like this happen, individual players keep their motivation high and are able to help the team reach its objectives.
“We saw a great game decided on a moment of magic from Ronaldo (on Wednesday night). Players of this dimension step up to help the team reach their objectives.
“Gareth does work on them at the end of each session if he is up to it but he doesn’t spend as much time on free-kicks as you might think.”