Tottenham’s Bale was ‘annoyed’ by Chelsea’s European triumph

Gareth Bale admits he was "annoyed" after Chelsea's Champions League triumph last season "wasted" Tottenham's hard work

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Gareth Bale has scored 20 league goals for Tottenham this season Photo: Back Page Images

Gareth Bale admits he was “annoyed” after Chelsea’s Champions League triumph last season cost Tottenham their place in Europe’s elite club competition.

Spurs finished fourth in the Premier League table last term but missed out on a Champions League spot as a result of the Blues’ final win over Bayern Munich, despite the west Londoners ending up sixth in the table.

Bale, 23, was frustrated to see Tottenham’s “hard work wasted” as Spurs were parachuted down in the Europa League – and is determined to help his side qualify for next season’s competition, ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

“I think I was more annoyed than anything else watching that Champions League final and seeing all our hard work wasted,” Bale is quoted as saying in the Sun.

“I thought Bayern battered Chelsea but it was one of those nights which you couldn’t control. What happened has driven us on and we’ve used that as an incentive this year.”

Tottenham can secure Champions League qualification if they can win their remaining three games this term – and Bale is out to help Spurs do just that.

“If we win all our games there’s nothing which can stop us qualifying, so it’s up to us,” he said. “We’ve had a taste of the Champions League before and I know how much everyone wants it.”

The Welshman added: “We need to keep our focus on what needs to be done and finish the job off.”

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