'Every game is a cup final' in Champions League race, says Tottenham star Bale

The Welshman, speaking after another match-winning display against former club Southampton, has urged more fight from his team-mates ahead of Wednesday's clash with Chelsea
Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has admitted that "every game is a cup final" as the club bid for a place in next season's Champions League.

The 23-year-old and triple end-of-season award winner produced a another match-winning moment of magic to hand Spurs all three points against former side Southampton and keep up the pressure on top-four rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

The Blues face Manchester United on Sunday before hosting Spurs on Wednesday, and Bale is well aware that the game at Stamford Bridge will have a "massive" bearing on Tottenham's final standing.

"[The match against Chelsea] is a massive game, but every game is massive. Every game is a cup final now so we have to prepare, be confident and give everything," he told reporters.

"I saw the space open up and got a good strike away - [the win over Southampton] is a massive three points and keeps our Champions League hopes alive."

Bale's team-mates also appeared eager to praise their matchwinner, with captain Michael Dawson describing the Welshman as "fantastic" before reaffirming the importance of their upcoming games.

"He is fantastic, everyone is talking about him. [Southampton] were playing better than us but you win games when you have magic in your team," he told reporters.

"We knew we had to win, we know it will go down to the last few games but we have set Wednesday up. We have three cup finals."