Glenn Hoddle predicted on BT Sport 2 (8:55pm, October 22, 2020) Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho to take off Gareth Bale in the second half against LASK, and he was right.
Bale was in action for Tottenham in their Europa League Group J game against LASK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening.
The 31-year-old Wales international winger, signed on loan from Spanish and European giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, started the match and played for 62 minutes.
The match was broadcast live on BT Sport 2, and Tottenham legend Hoddle was one of the pundits in the studio.
The former England international midfielder was impressed with the display produced by Bale in the first half, and during the half-time analysis, he predicted Mourinho to take off the winger in the second period.
As it turned out, Bale came off in the 62nd minute, as Tottenham went on to win the match 3-0.
Hoddle said on BT Sport 2 (8:55pm, October 22, 2020): “Bale obviously on that right-hand side looks comfortable, doesn’t he, at this level?
“I would imagine they would bring him off at some stage, gets 70 minutes out of him, make sure wrap him up in cotton wool for the rest of the season.”
According to WhoScored, during his time on the pitch, Bale had a pass accuracy of 72%, won three headers, took 44 touches, attempted three dribbles, made one tackle, and put in one cross.
Meanwhile, Jermaine Jenas praised Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart for his performance against LASK while he was co-commentating on the match for BT Sports.
The former Tottenham midfielder said on BT Sport 2 (9:24pm, October 22, 2020): “He has been good tonight, Joe Hart, has done everything really well, distribution has been good, collecting crosses.”