Coleman: You can't kick Tottenham's Bale out of game

Wales coach Chris Coleman says Tottenham star Gareth Bale will never be intimidated by bruiser defenders.

Wales coach Chris Coleman says Tottenham star Gareth Bale will never be intimidated by bruiser defenders.

Coleman confesses he would've kicked Bale if he'd come up against him in his playing days.

The ex-Fulham and Blackburn centre-half, 42, said: “The more he gets kicked and thrown about, the more determined he is to stick the ball in the net.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is like that. So too is Lionel Messi. The way Gareth looks at it is to stop the ­opposition by beating them, ­winning the game or scoring a goal. He’s got that mentality.

“When Gareth plays for ­Tottenham or Wales there is going to be an ­element of people kicking him. It’s one way of trying to slow him down.

“In my playing days, when we were up against a good ­player, we’d say, ‘Give him a ­little reducer early doors.’ I dished a few of those out.

“It’s football and the ­opposition are entitled to do what they think is best to stop Gareth within the rules of the game. He is under no illusions about that.”

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