‘The goal Madridistas DIDN’T want to see

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‘The goal Madridistas DIDN’T want to see’: Spanish press seize on the irony of Sergio Reguilon setting up Gareth Bale’s Spurs winner and Mourinho’s jibe at Real Madrid as they reveal fan dissent at Zidane’s ‘odd decision’ to let them both leave
Gareth Bale scored Tottenham’s winner against Brighton on Sunday evening
Winger, on loan from Real Madrid, netted just three minutes after coming on
Jose Mourinho aimed a little dig at his former employers after the match
Spurs manager said he would take five minutes to read Spanish match reports
And he wasn’t disappointed as papers spoke of fan frustration at Bale’s goal

Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist a little dig at his former club Real Madrid and the Madrid-centric media after Gareth Bale scored the first goal of his Tottenham return.

‘When I have five minutes I’m going to Safari to look at Madrid websites to see what they say,’ Mourinho said after Bale’s winner against Brighton on Sunday.

And it’s fair to say Bale getting on the scoresheet didn’t go unnoticed in Spain. Nor did the Spanish newspapers miss the irony of Sergio Reguilon, another former Real Madrid player, setting him up.

Marca’s report of the match also made great play of the fact Bale celebrated his goal by shouting ‘Vamos’ at the top of his voice ‘in perfect Spanish.’

Bale, who return to Tottenham on loan in September following an unproductive couple of years at the Bernabeu, needed just three minutes to make an impact against Brighton after coming off the bench.

It was the first goal scored by Bale, 31, since a Copa del Rey tie away to Unionistas back in late January.

Marca’s report pointed out that Bale and Reguilon played together 17 times for Real but this is the first time they have combined for a goal.

Real sold left-back Reguilon, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, to Spurs in a £25million deal over the summer.

‘The connection between two former Madrid players may have made some fans question [Zinedine] Zidane’s odd decision [to let them leave]’ said Marca.

However, Bale’s goal wasn’t deemed significant enough to make any of the Spanish front pages on Monday morning with focus instead on Real’s crunch Champions League meeting with Inter Milan on Tuesday night.

Mourinho’s comments were prominent on the website of Mundo Deportivo, however, on Monday morning and their match report said ‘the hero was none other than Gareth Bale.’

They noted how Bale ‘celebrated the goal with enthusiasm after a difficult time in his career.’

Diario Sport also picked up on Mourinho’s little jibe at his former employers, saying the Spurs manager ‘did not waste the opportunity to enjoy himself.’

Barcelona-based Sport also took great relish in reminding everyone that Real are still paying half of Bale’s wages as part of his loan deal.

Speaking after a victory lifted Spurs to second in the Premier League table, just two points behind leaders Liverpool, Mourinho added on Bale: ‘He knows we care about him and we know he cares about us, the team and the club, Spurs.

‘He’s the perfect fit, he’s very calm, intelligent, he has good feelings.’

Both Marca and AS tore into Bale after he came in against West Ham two weeks ago with Spurs 3-0 ahead only for them to draw 3-3.

On that occasion, they poked fun at Bale for being ‘cursed’, but this time things are very different.


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