For the second time in a fortnight, Tottenham winger Bale had stunned Inter Milan and their experienced Brazilian full back.
"Bale is phenomenal," said Maicon. "He played a great game and he is a great player, a great champion. We have to give great praise to him. We knew what he could do, but he was impossible to control.
"He put in a great performance. All of Tottenham did. We gave it a go, but the third goal sealed it. Tottenham made the most of home advantage. We have to look immediately to the next match. We have to beat Twente and we are now working towards that."