Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has insisted Gareth Bake has broken the “psychological barrier” after an impressive return to form.
The Welshman had had a frustrating start to life on his return to the Premier League, with much of his playing time limited to domestic cup competitions and the club’s Europa League campaign.
However, after some improved performances in the latter competition, the 31-year-old returned to the race and started the final three league games.
The Real Madrid star on loan has scored four times in those three starts, with his most recent brace against Crystal Palace illustrating his thriving partnership with England captain Harry Kane, as well as fellow strikers Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura.
The forward now has ten goals and three assists in all competitions so far this quarter, as he seems to have finally regained the kind of form that made him such a success in his first stint at Spurs. .
One of the key factors in his recent fortunes recovery has been his return to full form, with the winger struggling with injuries in the last few years of his toxic stint at the Bernabeu.
According to Mourinho, Bale has managed to overcome the “psychological scars” that come with multiple injuries, for which the player must take all the credit.
“It’s not that we challenged him or anything,” Mourinho said AS. “We only supported him.
“I found psychological scars in him. When you are a few seasons with many injuries, the important thing is not only the muscle scars, but also the psychological scars, which bring fear and instability.
“There is a time when you work well and everyone around you is supportive of you as much as possible. At that point, the psychological barrier is broken.
“And he did. It was him, not us.
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