Spurs possess Cristiano Ronaldo in Gareth Bale’s form – Andres Villas-Boas
Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale struck two jaw-dropping free-kicks in the injury time of each half to provide his side with a pulsating 2-1 victory Lyon in the first leg of the Europa League clash.
The 23-year-old Welshman’s first strike came from 35 yards out and swung two ways before landing into the bottom the net. Samuel Umtiti came up with an unstoppable effort of his own in the 55th minute, but the responsibility of victory was thrown on Gareth Bale once again when he was given a free-kick in the final seconds of the game.
The attacking midfielder superbly converted the free-kick into a goal to become Tottenham Hotspur’s very own Cristiano Ronaldo. The emotional strike set fire to White Hart Lane, which also caused clashes between both teams on the sidelines. Well, Tottenham Hotspur’s head coach Steffen Freund’s decision to celebrate the goal in front of Lyon’s dugout was one of the reasons behind the clash as well.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andres Villas-Boas lauded Gareth Bale following his phenomenal form at home. The young Wales international has scored 21 goals in 34 games for club and country since the beginning of the season.
“Incredible,” Andres Villas-Boas said after the game. “Not only his all-round game but the ability he has to strike these free-kicks. The ball gains so much power when he strikes it and it changes direction very, very easily.
“Today we saw not only two great moments of brilliance but three as their goal was absolutely fantastic, too. It played out to be an excellent game. Maybe the first half was a little more exciting as in the second half both teams struggled to get the ball on the ground and get it moving.
“It was a bit sloppy but we saw some moments of individual brilliance and Gareth was fantastic once again.”
The two strikes on Thursday night mean Gareth Bale has now scored seven goals in the past five matches for club and country. Many have labeled Gareth Bale as a poor man’s Cristiano Ronaldo, but his impressive form is proof of him being much more than that.
“Yeah, he is going through a great individual moment,” Andres Villas-Boas said upon being asked whether Gareth Bale was Cristiano Ronaldo for Tottenham Hotspur. “I think you have to recognize that. He is scoring lots of goals for the team and I think this is his best goalscoring season for Tottenham.
“You can see the player is enjoying his football and getting a buzz out of it. Once things like this happen, individual players keep their motivation high and they are able to help the team reach their objectives.”