Mourinho tells Tottenham fans to expect different Bale from previous stint

Tottenham vs Brighton

Sunday’s late Premier League kick-off will see Tottenham host Brighton.

Neither side will head into the clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in great form.

Spurs would fall to somewhat of a surprise 1-0 defeat against Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday.

As for Brighton, they have picked up just one league win so far this campaign.

And though the Seagulls do play some nice football at times, their inability to keep clean sheets is really hampering them this term.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

Mourinho on Bale

Tottenham will head into the clash knowing Graham Potter’s side boasting one of the best attacks in the league.

As a result, their plethora of attackers will no doubt be desperate to start on Sunday, including Gareth Bale, who is yet to get off the mark for his new club.

The Welshman is yet to receive a starting berth in league action this season, so perhaps he will finally be afforded one this weekend?

However, even if he is, Jose Mourinho has recently warned that Spurs fans shouldn’t expect the same Bale they saw tear up the English top-flight seven years ago:

“Seven years is a long, long, long gap. So which player in the world is the same as he was seven years ago? Sometimes they’re not better or worse, they’re just different players.

“For example you look to [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, and compare them with seven years ago. They play in different areas, different positions. They transform their qualities to try and explore their qualities in other responsibilities in the tactical system of their teams. I think it happens with the majority of the players, so for sure he is a different player.”

Quotes via the Guardian.

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# Team MP D P
1 Everton FC 6 5 13
2 Liverpool FC 6 1 13
3 Aston Villa FC 5 7 12
4 Leicester City FC 6 5 12
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 8 11
6 Leeds United 6 3 10
7 Southampton FC 6 1 10
8 Crystal Palace FC 6 -1 10
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 6 -2 10
10 Chelsea FC 6 4 9
11 Arsenal FC 6 1 9
12 West Ham United FC 6 4 8
13 Manchester City FC 5 0 8
14 Newcastle United FC 6 -2 8
15 Manchester United FC 5 -3 7
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 6 -2 5
17 West Bromwich Albion 6 -8 3
18 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
19 Sheffield United FC 6 -6 1
20 Fulham FC 6 -9 1
Player Team Goals
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 8
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 7
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 6
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 6
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 6
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 3
Jorginho Chelsea FC 3
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 3
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 3
Antonio, Michail West Ham United FC 3
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 3
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United FC 3

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