Bale plays down brilliance
Tottenham man of the moment Gareth Bale remained refreshingly modest after his heroics against Inter Milan.
Last Updated: 02/11/10 11:43pm
Tottenham man of the moment Gareth Bale insisted he always had faith in his ability but remained refreshingly modest after his heroics against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
The Welsh wizard inspired his side to a thrilling 3-1 win over the defending European champions at White Hart Lane on Tuesday night, having already scored a famous hat-trick against the Italians in Milan in October.
Bale left Inter full-back Maicon in his wake throughout the Group A game in London as he laid on second-half goals for Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko either side of a Samuel Eto'o strike which had raised the nerves of home fans.
Redknapp, who had seen Rafael van der Vaart open the scoring in the first half, heaped praise on his No.3 in his post-match interview but Bale wanted to play down his rise towards stardom.
"I just feel confident on the ball at the moment," said Bale. "The team is playing well, we showed that tonight and in recent games, and that lets me get forward.
"I'm just enjoying my football, trying to do what I do best and enjoying it.
"It was just about being given the chance and the confidence. I've been learning in training and I always knew I was capable."
Meanwhile, Van der Vaart has warned Tottenham that they must do everything they can to keep Bale, 21, out of the clutches of Europe's elite clubs.
"He's now one of our best players, every week he's strong and everyone's scared of him," Van der Vaart told Sky Sports.
"Tonight he's up against Maicon, one of the best defenders in the world, and he's killed him.
"To everyone, the whole club, we need to keep this guy."
Goalscorer Crouch was full of praise for Bale, who also set his team-mate up for a second time only to see the effort ruled out because the ball had gone out of play in the build-up.
England international Crouch said: "He was ridiculous tonight, he was unbelievable.
"I know that nine times out of 10 he is going to beat the defender and get a great ball in.
"So for me it is a dream because I can keep getting in there and hopefully get on the end of things. Thankfully I did that tonight."