Jose Mourinho praised Gareth Bale’s “personality” after his winning goal against Brighton and said he is looking forward to hearing how those in Madrid react to his match-winning display for Tottenham.
The Spurs manager couldn’t help but make a cheeky comment about his Wales star, who was often criticised for his performances in Spain.
Bale sealed maximum points in the 73rd minute, though, heading home from eight yards just three minutes after replacing Erik Lamela in London.
Spurs head coach Mourinho was delighted with the Wales international’s all-round contribution and could not resist a dig at his parent club, whose boss Zinedine Zidane had a public falling out with Bale.
“For a week or so now, he’s been improving,” Mourinho told a media conference. “It’s not just from watching him, the data supports that as well. We knew, Gareth knew. We share ideas and feelings.
He deserves that [the goal]. When I have five minutes I’m going on Safari to look at the Madrid websites to see what they say about him.
“He showed great personality and had a great impact, scoring a very important goal for us. He also joined Harry in a very experienced way to play the last 15 minutes for us.