Tottenham’s van der Vaart full of praise for Maicon-destroying Bale

Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart lavished praise on teammate Gareth Bale following his brilliant performance in the 3-1 Champions League win over defending champions Inter Milan.

The Welsh winger was too much to handle for one of the world’s best right-backs, Maicon, and his showing was not lost on van der Vaart.

"He's now one of our best players, every week he's strong and everyone's scared of him. Tonight he's up against Maicon and he's destroyed him,” the Dutchman said.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp echoed van der Vaart’s sentiments: “What Gareth Bale has done to Maicon in the last two games is just incredible. It's not just about his pace, he can run all day and can cross on the run too, as well as shoot and head the ball. He's got everything."

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