Gareth Bale has set the Premier League alight this season with his first class performances and lung bursting runs. This has propelled Tottenham up to fifth place and keeping them on course for the second round of the Champions League.
But this is old news. This afternoon on Talksport, a commentator in Italy said that for the Italians this game is all about Bale. Speculation over ‘his next club’ has reached fever pitch.
The left back/left winger now leads the clubs scoring charts with 6 goals this campaign after a magnificent hat-trick in the 4-3 defeat to Maicon’s Inter Milan.
Even though he was on the losing side, he gained all the plaudits after
his display where many were tipping him as the “best left sided player” in the world
Maicon, 29, began his career at Cruzeiro in 2001 and after a two-year spell in France
playing for Monaco he transferred to Inter in 2006 as a member of the Brazilian
squad. He has since gone on to cement his place as the first choice right-back ahead of
Barcelona’s Daniel Alves and he is established as one of the world’s best players.
The two players contest again tonight in a crucial match at the Lane which we are all
hoping is going to be as eventful as last weeks match-up in the San Siro. In the first
half Maicon and Biabiany penned Bale back into his half and he was unable to attack
as Inter raced into a four-goal lead. After the break however, roles were reversed and
Bale took advantage of Maicon pushing up and capped an outstanding second-half
display with 3 goals.
Bale, who is only 21, had a tough start at Spurs due to injury problems and he
struggled to find form, but he became noticed in the second-half of last season and his
goals against bitter London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea saw Tottenham snatch a well-
deserved fourth Champions League spot. He also picked up the clubs Young Player of
the Year award.
Brazilian powerhouse, Maicon, picked up the Uefa Defender of the Year 2010
award up after last season’s heroics in Inter’s treble winning season. His explosive
bursts down the right flank helped to create a number of goals and his strength and
disciplined challenges were vital in fashioning a solid backline alongside the likes of
Lucio, Samuel, Chivu and of course goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Bale has a long and prosperous career ahead of him where he will improve and surely
his reputation will only increase whereas Maicon is already recognised and still has
a few years at the top of his game.
All eyes are sure to be on these two players once
again as both players performances will have a dramatic effect as to who goes away
with the points in what is sure to be an outstanding football match.
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