Gareth Bale offered a glimpse of what he is still capable of offering Tottenham last week.
An eye-catching cameo in the defeat to Manchester City was followed up by a goalscoring performance in the Europa League.
Bale gave Tottenham’s performance in the weekend loss to West Ham a noticeable boost after his introduction as a half time substitute.
At his pre-match press conference ahead of the return leg against Wolfsburger, Jose Mourinho was again asked about Bale.
“He doesn’t need to convince me,” said Mourinho of Bale. It’s about playing the minutes I would love him to play. It’s a process.
“You see the number of matches he played in previous years. He had a positive impact (at the weekend), he had a cross, a couple of assists, he had a shot, he hit the post.
“He’s doing that better but he’s not playing 90 minutes. We are managing his evolution. He has nothing to convince me of.
“I can tell you that in this moment Garth is playing the minutes that he feels he can and what he wants and we want is to play more matches than he did and more crucial matches than he did.”
Elsewhere in the same briefing, Mourinho said that tomorrow’s lineup will be very similar to the one from the first leg.
That means it is likely Bale will play again, and get another chance to build his fitness.
What that means for his involvement in Tottenham’s next Premier League match against Burnley remains to be seen.
But some Spurs fans would likely want to see him rested in midweek if it means he’s fit to start against the Clarets.
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