Mourinho: Bale substitution was to save him for West Ham

Bale produced an encouraging performance – albeit against weak opposition – in last night’s 4-1 win over Austrian outfit Wolfsberger in the Europa League last-32. 

Bale has been an unused substitute in two of Spurs’ last three league games, making his only appearance late on in a lost cause against Manchester City, and did not even make the squad for the FA Cup exit to Everton, with Mourinho claiming he had asked to stay in London to work with the club’s sports scientists instead. 

“One of the reasons why he left the pitch by minute 64 was to try to have him available for the next match,” Mourinho said. 

“By taking him off at that minute we managed to save him a few miles in his legs. I know the match is Sunday at 12 o’clock but I believe he has a chance to play the match.

“For him it was important to play and not to play the 90 minutes.”

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