Lyon keeper Vercoutre fears Tottenham ace Bale free-kicks

Lyon players are wary of Tottenham star Gareth Bale ahead of tonight's Europa League clash.

Lyon players are wary of Tottenham star Gareth Bale ahead of tonight's Europa League clash.

Remy Vercoutre's head was left in a spin by the two swirling free-kicks - the last one in the 93rd minute - which Bale struck in north London last Thursday.

The Lyon goalkeeper admits it has been hard to forget that he was beaten twice by the brilliant Welshman, who has scored Tottenham's last six goals, but he hopes he will put in an improved display tomorrow.

"It was hard not to see (the goals) because of all the highlights that have been shown on television over the week," said Vercoutre, who replaced Hugo Lloris as Lyon's number one last summer.

"It's difficult to stop something like that. He is very good at free-kicks. Hugo tells me that he has been practicing a lot.

"You could tell that White Hart Lane was holding its breath (when he was about to take the second free-kick). I have had some practice with (former Lyon free-kick specialist) Juninho (Pernambucano) in the past so we will see if that helps."

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