Coyle hopeful of Bale off day
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is praying Gareth Bale is not at his best in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Last Updated: 16/03/12 3:29pm
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is praying Gareth Bale is not at his best in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Bale has been in impressive form for Spurs this season scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in 26 Premier League appearances.
Coyle believes the Wales international will have a big say in whether his side can reach Wembley for the second year running.
The Trotters chief said: "Gareth Bale is an incredible player and that's why he is coveted by the top clubs in the world - they would all love to have him in their team.
"Tottenham invested in him as a young player and have been very shrewd in that, he's very exciting and a player I personally love watching every weekend.
"I just hope he's not at his best on Saturday, but there is no doubt he is a terrific player who can pop up in so many different positions on the pitch. When he's at the top of his game he is one of the world's best players."
Coyle feels his side will have to be at the top of their game to match Harry Redknapp's Spurs, who he considers favourites to win the competition.
He continued: "I think they are favourites for the FA Cup, this is a club that has carried all before them this year. We are going to have to be at our very best.
"They have an elite squad of players, they could play two different teams from week to week and they would still be outstanding top-quality international players."