Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale said on BT Sport 2 (10:24pm, October 22, 2020) that he is not fully match fit yet.
Bale made the comments after playing for Tottenham in their Europa League game against LASK at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday evening.
The Wales international winger, signed on loan from Spanish and European giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, started the Group J match and played for 62 minutes.
The 31-year-old has said that he is not at full fitness yet, adding that he will contribute more in the coming weeks and months.
Bale said on BT Sport 2 (10:24pm, October 22, 2020): “It’s like a mini pre-season for me at the moment. I am just trying to get fit and get more minutes under my belt.
“Hopefully it won’t be too long to get up to full speed, just enjoy being back on the pitch and enjoy being back at the club. It’s an amazing club.”
The Madrid-owned winger added: “When I get fully match fit, I will be up and running, and hopefully contribute even more.”
How did Gareth Bale play?
Bale showed a lot of energy in the opening minutes, and it was his cross that was turned into his own net by LASK left-back Andres Andrade in the 27th minute.
As the game progressed, it was clear that the Welshman is still lacking that match sharpness and has not played much football over the past few months.
According to WhoScored, the former Southampton man had a pass accuracy of 72%, won three headers, took 44 touches, attempted three dribbles, made one tackle, and put in one cross.
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