Tottenham Hotspur latest: including Zidane on Bale and Ceballos

A round-up of news and views relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Zinedine Zidane has hailed Gareth Bale as the player who has impressed him the most in Europe this season, and suggested that the Welshman deserves to be in the Champions League:

“He’s unique. 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. Plus, he’s very good technically, which is also important. We must not forget that he plays football very well.”

Bale himself has praised the spirit of the side, and said that the closeness of the squad can help them in their quest for Champions League qualification. Bale also said that the team are taking each match as it comes, and that he hoped they could continue their fine run in the Europa League against Basel on Thursday.

Jan Vertonghen has said the whole team is desperate to finish the season strongly after putting themselves in an excellent position in the Premiership and Europa League:

“We’re up there in third, we’re in the quarter-finals of the Europa League and we can be happy where we are, but now we have to finish it, to finish in the top four and go as far as possible in the Europa League.”

On HITC Dan Coombs looks at Vertonghen’s impressive season for Spurs, especially in comparison to his international teammate Thomas Vermaelen.

Leighton Baines has played down Everton’s trip to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane this weekend, saying that the match will not be decisive in the race for a Champions League place. Everton are currently six points behind Spurs with a game in hand, and four points off Chelsea in fourth.

Spurs U21 side continued their impressive run at the top of the Elite Group Stage of the Premier League with a 3-1 at Liverpool yesterday, with Christian Ceballos stealing the headlines with two goals. On HITC, we ask if Ceballos is actually the most promising of all of Spurs young talents?

Also on HITC today we ask if Shaq Coulthirst could make an impact for Spurs this season, and Mathew Nash looks at whether Andros Townsend is proving at QPR that he is ready to step up to first team football for Spurs next season?

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