(Brighton – Tottenham 1-0) José Mourinho’s men delivered a very tame performance and lost for the second game in a row. Gareth Bale in particular gets a hard time after the settlement.
– He’s a nice guy and has had a good career, but does he really want to be there? asks TV 2 expert Trevor Morley, who calls Gareth Bale’s performance “terrible”.
The Welshman was particularly anonymous in the first round at Amex Stadium. Belgian Leandro Trossard scored the hosts’ goal in the 17th minute of the match, while Tottenham created zero and nothing.
– I think I could have contributed as much (little) as Bale has done after 23 minutes, tweeted Thorstein Helstad, who is booked with 38 A-national matches for Norway.
– I do not know what it is, it’s just not him. I am shocked by his performance and will be surprised if he shows up in the second half, says Morley.
Bale came on the field in the second half, but after a quarter of an hour he was replaced by Lucas Moura – a replacement the former England striker Rodney Marsh thinks should have been made at the break.
Football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick of the London Evening Standard writes that Bale “did not do close enough”, while Tottenham connoisseur Alasdair Gold calls Bale “quite inefficient”.
The popular account FootballJoe, which has many humorous squints at football, ridicules Gareth Bale by writing that “the Welshman is so slow that he just tried to play wall with Roman Pavlyuchenko”.
The Russian played for Tottenham from 2008 to 2012, during the period when Gareth Bale was last at Tottenham.
Bale was brought in from Real Madrid before the current season, but has not managed to stand out properly after his comeback in the Premier League.
This season it has only been 229 minutes in the Premier League and one goal for the Welshman. It came in the home game against Brighton.
The wing has also struggled with injuries this season.
Brighton were closer to 2-0 than Tottenham equalized. At the end of the match, the hosts countered in a fabulous way.
Argentine Alexis MacAllister released the ball to Pascal Gross, who played across to Aaron Connolly. Hugo Lloris came on, Toby Alderweireld had to leave the fray.
Still, Brighton manager Graham Potter could cheer for the club’s first home win in the league since June.
– A methodical, well-trained football team against eleven unplanned and convoluted individuals, writes the Sportbladet journalist Erik Niva, who is also a Spurs fan.