Jose Mourinho couldn’t resist a subtle dig at Real Madrid’s “organisation” while discussing Gareth Bale ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League game against Antwerp on Thursday.
Bale has made a sensational return to Spurs on a season-long loan from the Spanish giants and is still working towards full fitness after effectively being frozen out by Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Mourinho confirmed Bale will start for his side against Antwerp, and appeared to hit out at Madrid when talking about the player’s struggles in Spain.
“I think he is very pleased with the level of organisation we have in the club,” Mourinho said. “Probably he is not used to it.
“The facts with Gareth are that he made a difference at that club (Madrid). It was a club for years, more than one decade, without even a quarter-final of a Champions League, then a big jump. When he arrived, they won four in five.
“I would love to have his reputation and four Champions Leagues.
Mourinho also thinks Bale is edging ever closer to getting back to his very best, and thinks he may be able to show Madrid what they are missing on Thursday.
He continued: “It’s coming. I see can see with my own eyes but the scientific data is also [showing it]. Tomorrow we can see Gareth at a good level and hopefully he can fly.
“We have a feeling that Bale is arriving. He is working very hard. He has been a great example for everybody but we are giving him time.”
Bale has so far featured just twice since returning to north London, coming on for the last 20 minutes of Spurs’ 3-3 draw with West Ham in the Premier League before playing for an hour of their 3-0 win against LASK in Europe last week.
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