‘The curse follows him’ – Spanish media rip into Gareth Bale after nightmare Spurs debut

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The Spanish press have seemingly wasted no time in ripping into Gareth Bale after what was a second debut to forget for the Welshman on his return to North London.

Spurs fans were eagerly waiting to see him don the famous Lilywhite shirt once more, with the anticipation building over the two-week international break.

They got their wish when the Welshman came on with a little over 20 minutes to go against West Ham, with the game seemingly in the bag for Jose Mourinho’s men.

However, not only did Spurs throw away what seemed like an unassailable lead in the final ten minutes but Bale was partly culpable, having missed what was a fairly straight-forward chance by his high standards.

Wales Online have relayed the glee with which the Spanish press have reported on Bale’s disappointing second bow for Spurs.

As relayed by the publication, Marca wrote on Twitter: “Bale made his Premier League return after 2,709 days away. But it all unravelled in 12 minutes for him and Spurs against West Ham.”

Spanish journalist Alberto Rubio wrote: “Bale had two shots, one on target and one off-target, but couldn’t make an impact and was involved in one of Spurs’ most frustrating results of the Mourinho era.”

Finally, AS writer Marco Ruiz (via Wales Online) even labelled the returning superstar a curse. He wrote in his column: “We had to wait a little less than a month, then, of course, Bale landed in London injured (on one knee…). And it seems the curse follows him.

“Tottenham had the game against West Ham very much on track when Mourinho decided to give the fans the pleasure of giving the former Madrid player a few minutes.

“Bale entered the field in the 70th minute with 3-0 on the scoreboard. Incredible. West Ham’s goals came one after another until the match ended 3-3.”

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The Madrid-based press are desperate to see Bale fail at Spurs so that it does not reflect poorly on Real Madrid. Given what Bale has said about the club as well as the Spanish press in the past, that is not all that surprising. However, I am convinced that they are going to be surprised and disappointed by how good the 31-year-old can be for us once he regains his match sharpness.

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