Former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale has backed “serial winner” Jose Mourinho to end the club’s 11-year wait for silverware.
The Portuguese coach succeeded Mauricio Pochettino at the end of last month, returning to the dugout for the first time since his dismissal as Manchester United manager in December 2018.
Can Mourinho bring silverware to Spurs? Five things to know…
- Mourinho replaced Pochettino as Spurs manager on November 20.
- He has since won three successive matches, including two in the Premier League and one in Europe.
- During his career, Mourinho has lifted 25 trophies across four separate countries.
- Spurs, meanwhile, have not tasted silverware since their 2008 EFL Cup triumph.
- Ex-Spurs star Bale has now tipped Mourinho to end that 11-year drought and bring glory back to north London.
Under his watch, the capital club have won three consecutive games and now find themselves sitting sixth in the Premier League table, just six points adrift fourth-placed Chelsea.
The early signs are certainly encouraging and have prompted Real Madrid forward Bale to outline his admiration for Mourinho, while also backing him to bring silverware back to north London.
“Having Mourinho there is an amazing statement from the club, I think he is a serial winner,” he told BT Sport.
“If Tottenham want to win trophies then I don’t think there is a better partnership.”
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Bale says he knew ‘flag incident’ would cause controversy
Bale caused a storm in Madrid last month after he posed with a flag that read ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’, during the post-match celebrations of his nation’s qualification to the European Championships next summer.
Returning to the Bernabeu, Bale has come in for substantial criticism from sections of the match-going fanbase, but the 30-year-old says he has learned to accept the boos that come with donning the Real jersey.
“I knew it (posing with the flag) would cause controversy but I was celebrating with my fans, my friends and the other players,” he said.
“The Welsh flag was there and you can never turn down the Welsh flag. Wherever I am on a football pitch, I will give 100 per cent whether I’m in Wales or Madrid.
“I think the first time it (the boos) happened it was a bit of a shock and I didn’t know how to deal with it. But as I’ve got older and it’s happened one or two more times, you understand how to deal with it and you kind of shrug it off.
“In a way, it’s a kind of respect to show the best players that you get whistled if you don’t perform, which I understand.
“So I just have to keep working hard, keep proving again to the fans what I can do and eventually the whistles do stop and you can get on with your career.”