Spanish media see Tottenham as Bale FC

Gareth Bale

Tottenham a one man team? According to the one-eyed Spanish media yes so.

At the beginning of the month, when Spurs were preparing to take on Chelsea, a sign outside an Arsenal supporting pub advertised the match as Chelsea vs Gareth Bale.

When the game had ended 2-2, nobody was calling Tottenham a one-man team, as the Welshman was probably at his most ineffective all season but Spurs still found a way to score twice and claim a vital point.

Bale's form this season has been sensational, he has already scooped four major individual awards and has naturally attracted attention from the world's biggest club.

Real Madrid are the side most desperate to seal his signature, but this looks to be in vain as reports emerge of a new contract being offered to the Welshman by Spurs which would net him in the region of £150,000 per week.

Over in Spain it has been interesting to see how leading Spanish newspaper Marca reported Tottenham's final day heartbreak, keen to drum up interest that Bale could (a) be on his way and (b) really is a world beater.

They ran the headline: "Arsenal claims fourth as Bale looks set to leave London." - Followed by the intro, 'Winger's future now looks uncertain.'

Which of course it didn't, for Tottenham have stated from the outset the winger is not going anywhere, and the player too does not appear in any great rush to move on.

But the fifth line in our report also caught our interest, where the Real Madrid sympathising paper really decided to twist the knife into Tottenham's performances this campaign.

"The Welshman rescued his team for the umpteenth time with a sumptuous goal from 25 yards out. That has been Tottenham's story this season: very little football and plenty of Bale brilliance."

Bale brilliance is correct, but to look back to that sign outside the pub ahead of the Chelsea game, to describe Spurs as Bale FC is simply wrong. It would be like to dismiss Real Madrid as Cristiano Ronaldo FC.

Tottenham have had a very good season, recording a Premier League record club points total, and have two other players in double figures this campaign, Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe.

Jan Vertonghen also made the PFA team of the year, while new signing Hugo Lloris has also been superb between the sticks.

We shouldn't be surprised at how narrowly focused the Spanish media, and even the English media, can be, but when it offers a view so blatantly skewed sometimes it deserves pointing out.

image: © Jan S0L0

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