May 14, 2021

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Gareth Bale’s claim to Tottenham highlights dressing room U-turn after Jose Mourinho ‘comment’

Gareth Bale was full of praise for being allowed to play ‘Tottenham style’ after scoring a hat-trick against Sheffield United.

The north London side stuck the relegated Blades four times as they kept their top four prospects alive with Son Heung-min who was also on the scoresheet.

Ryan Mason is now at the helm after being promoted from his role as manager of player development at the club and will take the helm for the remainder of the season.

The 29-year-old is totally immersed in Tottenham culture and has given his side the freedom to play, which certainly suited the Welshman.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s the fact that we are further up front, that we are closer to the goal and that you are able to score more. We play football the Tottenham way.”

Gareth Bale pulled off a hat trick on Sunday night
Gareth Bale pulled off a hat trick on Sunday night

Bale’s comments come two weeks after Jose Mourinho was shown the door at Tottenham.

The Special One lasted less than 18 months in North London with poor form and performance leading to his departure.

Mourinho’s negative playing style, while having been hugely successful in the past, has drawn criticism.

Tottenham, who played free football under the guidance of predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, had to adapt, which didn’t always go well in the dressing room.

A trade in a loss to Manchester City highlighted their struggles with Mourinho’s tactics.

Tottenham were 1-0 at halftime at the Etihad in February with just 35% possession and no shot on target.

Jose Mourinho's negative tactics have drawn criticism
Jose Mourinho’s negative tactics have drawn criticism

According to Athletic, Mourinho was exceptionally positive, but one of his senior players said: “Do you really think it’s good?”

There was a feeling that negative tactics were not suited to the club. Tottenham went on to lose that game 3-0.

When Mourinho was finally sacked, neither player was surprised.

His workouts left them untested and bored as they felt there was too much responsibility to stop the opposition rather than trying to impose their style of play.

Mason came after Mourinho’s sacking and made it clear that he would come up with his own ideas and said the team was ready to listen.

He said: “Any head coach will want to get a feel for how he wants to play. To help guys, to have a structure, a strategy on how to win football matches.

“And how I communicate that to the boys on the training ground or in the classroom is a big part of my job. The good thing is that this group wants to listen, wants to learn and I hope I can help them.”