Tottenham 3 Man City 1: Gareth Bale talks up Spurs’ top-four chances
Tottenham 3 Man City 1: Gareth Bale promises Spurs will fight until the death in their bid to secure a top-four finish
Gareth Bale promised Tottenham fans that he and his team-mates will fight until the death in their bid to secure Champions League qualification after Sunday’s dramatic fightback against Manchester City.
“It’s massive,” Bale said. “The club’s moving forward every year and all of us want to be playing in the Champions League week-in, week-out, playing against the best teams.
“We showed that today and that’s why we’re going to push until the end of the season to get into the top four.”
Spurs fell behind after just five minutes at White Hart Lane when Samir Nasri’s shot trickled past Hugo Lloris and into the bottom-left corner.
However, Tottenham mounted a remarkable late comeback in six second-half minutes to send White Hart Lane wild.
Clint Dempsey equalised when he ghosted in at the far post to tap home Bale’s cross in the 75th minute, before Jermain Defoe curled an unstoppable second past Joe Hart just four minutes later.
And Bale, who switched to the wing after half-time, capped a stunning turnaround when he dinked his finish over the Manchester City goalkeeper in the 82nd minute to boost Spurs’ top four hopes.
“They don’t really play with wingers so it was quite compact in the middle,” Bale said. “The gaffer said there’s a bit more space out wide and it proved a good move in the end and it’s good to get the three points.”
He added: “[The Dempsey equaliser] gave us that bit more belief that we could go on and win it. As soon as that went in, the crowd lifted, we lifted and I think we should the character we’ve got.”