Following another man-of-the-match display, this time against the French giants in the Europa League, his team-mates have praised his determination and drive to continually improve
A free kick in either half, the first from 36 yards and the second in the final minute of injury-time, gave Spurs a platform to push on from when they travel to Stade de Gerland in six days’ time.
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"He keeps scoring for us week in, week out. He’s a fantastic player. Unfortunately he doesn’t play for England! I think he would be great for England.
“He’s a hard worker, he’s very physically strong, and mentally. He just loves the game and just gives his best all the time, that’s what makes him so good.
“I’ve played with some very good players, you know, for instance Raul, or [Klaas-Jan] Huntelaar, but I think Gareth is one of the best, I think top three players that I’ve played with so far.”
Following a dipping effort from 25 yards against Newcastle at the weekend, Bale’s free-kick technique has drawn comparisons to that of Cristiano Ronaldo, and goalkeeper Brad Friedel and defender Jan Vertonghen revealed his determination to improve them in traning.
“He’s playing fantastic. The pace and the power he has is up there with the very best in the world,” Friedel declared.
“But he works, and has been working, a lot on his free-kicks and he is perfecting that style of free-kick and I tell you, it is so difficult to save.
“Pepe Reina had all sorts of trouble when we played Liverpool. It’s just so difficult to deal with and it’s great that he has that in his repertoire for us.”
Vertonghen added: “That’s his new thing, he’s always practicing, together with Gylfi Sigurdsson who is a great free kick taker too. They’re both quality players.”