‘I think he trusts me’ – Mourinho on keeping Bale’s momentum going

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he thinks Gareth Bale now trusts him in North London when it comes to managing his fitness.

While the Spurs head coach claimed that he would love for Bale the play 90 minutes every game and to keep the momentum going, they needed to communicate and manage him.

He also revealed that the fourth official on Sunday against Crystal Palace, Andre Marriner, was amused by how much Mourinho talked to the Welshman throughout the game.

Bale has now played 22 games for Tottenham this season, scoring ten goals and assisting another two in a Lilywhite shirt across all competitions (TransferMarkt).

In the past week, Bale started all three Premier League games against Burnley, Fulham and Palace, playing a combined 207 minutes, scoring four goals and assisting another (TransferMarkt).

Tottenham come up against Dinamo Zagreb in North London tomorrow night for the first leg of their Round of 16 knockout tie, although it remains to be seen whether Bale plays any part.

On managing the Welshman, Mourinho said (Football London): “I want to keep the momentum going but I need to manage him.

“The communication is very good and I think he trusts me. In this moment we are deciding together what to do.

“The other day during the match I found Andre Marriner the fourth official was finding it because we were talking so much. I was asking “10 minutes more? 20 minutes?”.

“He’s playing very well. The relationship with him is very good I think and of course, I would like him to play 90 minutes in every game but he can’t.”

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