Gareth Bale takes a dig at Jose Mourinho

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Gareth Bale took a cheeky swipe at Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics in the post-match interview after Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win over Southampton.

Spurs sacked Mourinho following their poor display in the Premier League, and their round of 16 ousting from the Europa League this season.

After Danny Ings had put Southampton in the lead after 30 minutes, Bale scored a classy 60th minute equalizer from inside the box.

Spurs ultimately won the match 2-1, giving interim coach Ryan Mason his first win in charge.


Mourinho Bale, Six Sports

Spurs appointed Jose Mourinho as manager in 2019 after the surprise sacking of long-term coach Mauricio Pochettino. The ex-Manchester United manager could only guide Spurs to a sixth-place finish in his first season.

He took Spurs to the EFL Cup final this season, but yet again failed to steer them to a Champions League spot.

In the current season, Spurs had dropped 20 points from winning positions due to Jose’s negative and overly cautious approach. As a result, the ‘Special One’ came under heavy criticism from fans and players alike.

The former Champions League winning coach was ultimately given his marching orders when Spurs drew 2-2 with Everton. This draw meant that Spurs were winless in five games from their six in all competitions.

Jose’s record at Spurs stood at 44 wins, 23 losses and 19 draws in his 86 games in charge.


Bale was one of the attacking talents which Mourinho grossly under-utilized in the current campaign.

The Welsh winger, who found himself on the fringes during Mourinho’s reign, insisted that Spurs need to show more attacking intent like they did last night.

The Real Madrid loanee believes that Spurs have a plethora of attacking talent, and there was no need to adopt a conservative approach this season.

The Welshman was happy with interim manager Ryan Mason’s half time team talk. Mason’s strategy and tactics eventually led to Spurs winning the game.

After his sacking, Mourinho insisted that he will not take a break and stay linked with football.

Bale and Spurs will play Manchester City in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on Sunday.

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