Mourinho reacts to second Bale debut and reveals why he did not want to start him

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur fans should have been treated to a fairytale evening in North London yesterday and many would have assumed that would be the case come half time.

The Lilywhites were 3-0 up against West Ham and cruising in the Premier League thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

Not only this, but Gareth Bale had been named on the bench and eventually came on with the score still at 3-0, looking to mark his second debut with a goal.

Bale left Tottenham seven years ago when he made a world-record-breaking move to Real Madrid, winning four Champions League titles before returning on loan this summer.

However, after the Welshman joined the action, Spurs conceded two sloppy goals from a set-piece and via the head of Davinson Sanchez respectively.

As Gareth Bale isolated a defender one-on-one at the other end of the pitch and glided past him, it seemed written that he would secure all three points with a fourth goal.

However, the new number nine pulled his shot wide and West Ham went up the other end to score a screamer via the boot of Lanzini in the final minute.

On Bale’s debut and why he didn’t start, Mourinho said (Football London): “I don’t think so [his arrival took the players’ eye off the ball]. The decision not to start him was a good one. It showed he doesn’t have a beautiful chair waiting for him in the team and it’s there for him when he’s ready. Everybody has to fight. He’s come into the group well, everybody likes him and he likes what he’s found here. It’s a pity he couldn’t score that fourth goal that would have been crucial.”

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