Laudrup: Bale was the difference


Swansea boss Michael Laudrup claimed that Gareth Bale proved the difference as Spurs came away from the Liberty Stadium with a 2-1 win.

Bale set up Jan Vertonghen’s opener and scored a delightful second to end our run of three defeats in a row and condemn Swansea to their third straight defeat.

“They had a very good start but both goals showed a player of Gareth Bale’s quality can make the difference,” he said.

“With the first we could have done better even if it was a good pass and finish.

“But the second goal was just a fantastic finish by a very good player.”

He added: “There are different levels of players, even at this level.

“There are good players, very good players and exceptional players and they are the ones who sometimes out of nothing can make a difference.

“If you see his goal today, or his goal against West Ham, it was not even a chance. He is a player who makes the difference and you are lucky if you have that. Not many teams do.

“If you take Bale out, without him the teams were at the same level.”

“After the two goals we reacted well and we should have scored one (through Nathan Dyer) that was harder to miss than score,” he added.

“We talked about it at half-time, we felt they could be tired after having so many players on international duty and in the second half we dominated, we scored one and got close, but not close enough, to a second.”

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