Stunning brace from Bale allows Spurs to grab a late 3-2 win over West Ham
Many claimed Gareth Bale to be a poor man’s Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Tottenham Hotspur ace has proven he is much more than that. After scoring a plethora of important goal in recent games, the Welshman scored a brilliant brace in Tottenham’s pulsating 3-2 victory over West Ham United.
Bale’s stunning last-minute goal at Upton Park on Monday night silenced critics and proved that the 23-year-old can perform with spectacular results under pressure. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hailed Bale with gushing praise in his interview to Sky Sports after the victory.
“He is unbelievable, he's such a super talent. I think we have been able to see him this season in another level and he is making the difference every single game,” Villas-Boas said.
“Gareth has been world class for some time now. Players like this are able to assume responsibilities at these moments. We see him getting the ball in midfield, being fouled, getting up and lining up to score the winning goal. He is tremendous, for sure.
“It is the responsibility of the manager to get the best out of his players and when you see him so joyful on the pitch, the rewards come to the team.”
Bale chose to remain humble in spite of scoring two magnificent goals in the game. The attacking midfielder claimed the victory to be team effort, which will prove to be a good reason for motivation before the North London derby against archrivals Arsenal.
“We knew the result yesterday [Chelsea losing against Manchester City] gave us a massive chance to get into third spot,” Bale said. “We had a lot of chances, especially off corners, but the most important thing is to get the three points again. It was a massive victory for us.
“It's not about me, it's about the team and we know we have a massive game on Sunday now. Arsenal are a great team and we want to get the three points to keep our Champions League hopes alive.”
The victory over West Ham allowed Tottenham to replace Chelsea for the third spot on the Premier League table. Tottenham now possess a three-point cushion over the Champions League winning side. With a crucial battle against Arsenal next in schedule, Andre Villas-Boas asked his men to turn their attention towards the Sunday showdown.
“It is a North London derby, so there will be plenty of passion and if we can get seven points ahead, it will be a nice cushion,” Villas-Boas said. “It might not be enough to say Arsenal have been put away, but hopefully we can get the win and at least gain that lead.
“We just have to keep getting points. The distance is not very big for us to second place, but we face Arsenal on Sunday and it is a big opportunity to build a distance to them. We want to put people away. Everton are nine points behind, Arsenal are four. Hopefully we can put bigger distance between ourselves and Chelsea at the weekend.”