Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bale: Spurs still have big say in title race

GARETH BALE insists Tottenham will travel to Manchester City convinced they can land a significant blow in the Premier League title race.

Spurs visit the Etihad Stadium on Sunday knowing victory would help make up some of the ground lost during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Wolves.

The 5-1 thumping by City at White Hart Lane in August, endured only a week after being thrashed 3-0 by Manchester United, is a distant memory.

Only third-placed Tottenham seem capable of preventing the Manchester clubs from winning the title and Bale insists his team are full of self-belief.

"It will be a big game and one we're looking forward to. There is no reason why we can't pull off a result there," he said. "City still have a great squad and a great team and no matter what team they put out it will be difficult to play against.

"It wasn't a great start to the season losing to the two Manchester clubs, but all the lads have shown what a great spirit we have here and the determination we have. We've come a long way since then.

"We know we have to play our best football to beat them -- they gave us a lesson at home.


"They started the season very well, which wasn't good for us, but we bounced back. It will be a great game."

The setback against Wolves may have damaged Tottenham's chances of challenging the top two, but they remain within touching distance.

The club's ability to sustain their title chase has been a source of debate and Bale insists they are benefiting from the lack of expectation on their shoulders.

"We're not getting too carried away. We will take it one game at a time," he said. "We're playing good football and we'll keep plugging away and keep ourselves in contention.

"There's no pressure. I don't think anyone expects us to win the Premier League, we're up there on merit."

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