Mourinho reacts to Gareth Bale display and reveals why he did not start

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Gareth Bale certainly gave Spurs fans a taste of what they had been missing on Thursday night when he ran the show against Wolfsberger in the Europa League.

His goal and assist in the first half essentially put Tottenham out of sight before the Austrian side could even find their feet.

However, question marks remained over whether the Welshman could take that form and apply it against most physical, more talented and faster Premier League sides.

While Bale started from the bench against West Ham this afternoon, he was given a full half of football to show what he can still do in a Spurs shirt.

After Tottenham went 2-0 down in the second 45, Bale burst to life and started to dictate play from all over the pitch.

The on-loan winger set up Lucas Moura’s goal with a superb whipped corner kick, before also creating chances for the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

Jose Mourinho reacted to the performance and revealed why Bale didn’t start in his post-match interview with BBC Match of the Day.

He said (Dan Kilpatrick): “To start today would be too much for him and a risk. He is more confident. He is starting to be more intense. He was good in the second half.”

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