Football legend Zinedine Zidane has described Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale as a unique and frightening player.
There are few players who literally everyone listens to when they speak and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane is certainly one of them.
Despite the fact his career ended with a red card, he is still hailed as one of the greatest ever midfield and control players that football has ever seen. He’s played with and against some of the best so his quotes are worth looking into.
“The problem is that the player who has impressed me most (Bale) this year is not actually playing in the Champions League.”
That’s something which Tottenham Hotspur are looking to address and it’s something which will certainly help Bale transform his game and become even better than he already is.
The level of competition in the Champions League is something Bale has already experienced and done well in, which means it will be fascinating to see how he gets on second time round as a much better attacking player.
“He makes things look easy; his pace is frightening. His acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space.”
Pace is always something which has gone hand in hand with the best players the game has ever witnessed. Pace has the ability to beat a defender, hands down, regardless of whether that player is actually a very good centre or full back.
Bale has it in spades and the goal he scored against Norwich City earlier in the season is a good example of how he utilises it well to create a chance from nothing and exploit the smallest bits of space around the pitch.
“He’s very good technically, which is also important. We must not forget that he plays football very well.”
That is something which Spurs deserve a lot of credit for from the moment he signed for them, right up to now when he’s producing the sort of world class form which is getting him talked about everywhere.
He went to Spurs with a very good technique which they have refined, developed and made stronger. The basics of his game such as passing, his movement and the way he reads the game are all very positive.
The issue for Spurs is to now hang onto him, which they absolutely need to do if they finish in the top four this season.
It could be hard for him to ignore the interest of some of the biggest and most established European sides around, if they come in for him and offer him a deal which is going to be worth an awful lot of money.
All of the current indications are that he’ll stay where he is because while all of the speculation has developed, he’s never actually said that he’s looking to leave the club which is significant.
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