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Bale explains Spurs struggles after second substandard display

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Gareth Bale’s homecoming has not been going according to the scripts so far, and the player admits to still feeling ‘a bit stiff’.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale remained largely unimpressive in his side’s Europa League opener against LASK on Thursday.

The Welsh winger did play a part in the opening goal, forcing an own goal in the 28th minute, in the Group J fixture but failed to make much of an impact overall.

An exhausted 31 -year old, who had made his first start for Spurs after joining them on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, was then replaced by Son Heung-min after around an hour of play.

A much worse performance was witnessed from him during his debut in the 3-3 draw against West Ham over the weekend. Although Bale alone cannot be held responsible for the disappointing result, he could have impacted the final scoreline as he missed a few chances after coming on.

“I am a bit stiff. It is like a mini pre-season for me and I am trying to get minutes into the legs,” Bale told BT Sport after the 3-0 win over LASK. 

“Hopefully, it won’t take me long to get back up to full speed and I am enjoying being on the pitch and being back at this amazing club.

“We went out there and did a great job. It wasn’t our best performance but we were solid and most important is the three points.”