The Tottenham twist Gareth Bale did not see coming

Tottenham could win a league title before former star Gareth Bale.

When Real Madrid took on Tottenham Hotspur in pre-season it was the first time Gareth Bale had come up against his former side.

The Welshman scored in a 2-0 friendly win, and while he will not have revelled in inflicting defeat upon his former club, it is likely he will have left the stadium in Munich feeling like he made the correct choice in leaving for the Spanish giants.

Bale won the Champions League in his first season, instantly justifying the world record switch by scoring a crucial goal in the final.

What he did not see coming are the dramatic events of this season, which leave Real Madrid floundering - and Tottenham kicking on strongly.

Tottenham Hotspur are favourites with a number of bookies, cite Oddschecker, to win this year's Premier League title.

If they do so, they will have won a league title before Bale has done so with Real Madrid, despite the Spanish giants being heavily fancied in La Liga season after season.

Real lost to rivals Atletico Madrid at the weekend, slipping to third place, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona, who show no sign of relinquishing their crown this year.

Tottenham winning the Premier League would be a feat Bale could not escape noticing. It would not quite be as dramatic as when Michael Owen left Liverpool for Real, for the Reds to win the Champions League the following year, but it would be similarly unfortunate.

Now Tottenham would not be in this position in this manner had they not sold Bale and sacked two managers to get to Mauricio Pochettino, but who knows what would have happened had he stayed. Andre Villas-Boas' tenure could have imploded anyway and Mauricio Pochettino could still have been high on Daniel Levy's list of managerial targets.

In the distant future Tottenham could dream of bringing Bale back to their new stadium, but there remains a chance the two teams could clash in the Champions League next season. The question is whether Tottenham will be there as the English champions or not.

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