Tottenham team-mates join in Bale plaudits

Gareth Bale's Tottenham team-mates were full of praise on the Welsh wizard after his virtuoso performance toppled European champions Inter Milan.

Gareth Bale's Tottenham team-mates were full of praise on the Welsh wizard after his virtuoso performance toppled European champions Inter Milan.

Bale's devastating display in Tuesday night's 3-1 Champions League win has made him the most talked-about footballer on the continent.

Luka Modric claimed Bale, who followed up his sensational San Siro hat-trick with two superb assists, could not be tamed.

"I don't know how you stop Gareth," the Croatia midfielder said. "If he plays like he did in the last few games, he is unstoppable.

"He is so quick on the pitch, he is unbelievable. He is showing his class.

"I said after the match against FC Twente that he can play for anyone in Europe and he showed that against the champions of Europe, Inter Milan."

Huddlestone added: "I don't know how you can defend against him.

"If you drop off, he can pick a pass and if you get too tight, then he is just going to run you."

Crouch, who scored the second goal from Bale's magnificent run and cross to end his recent goal drought, said: "Gareth Bale is a dream for any centre-forward.

"I know if I push forward, I'll get chances. Gareth was magnificent and he is really showing his class at the minute."

Despite being turned inside out by Bale, Maicon insisted the winger's performance was "not a surprise" to him.

"Anyone who knows English football knows who Bale is. He put in a great performance," Maicon said.

Bale signed a new five-year contract in the summer but that has not quelled speculation linking him with the giants of the European game.

But Modric said: "We are not thinking about that. When you play well people look, but it's not important to think about other clubs and you must be focused on Tottenham and not other clubs because Tottenham is big enough for us and every player.

"I said before I came to Tottenham that I wouldn't have come had I not thought I could've achieved everything I wanted.

"That's why I stayed and signed a six-year contract. I think all the players think the same, including Gareth. It is a good group here, a great atmosphere in the team."

 
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