Gareth Bale reminded Tottenham Hotspur fans what they are missing by scoring in Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory over his former club in the Audi Cup this evening.
The Welshman was a Spurs hero before becoming the world’s most expensive player by swapping White Hart Lane for the Bernabeu for £85.3m in 2013, as BBC Sport reports.
He came up against several of his old teammates at the Allianz Arena, and sealed the win for Real with a 79th-minute second, after James Rodriguez’s first-half header put Madrid ahead.
Bale carried the ball from just inside the Tottenham half and fired a 25-yard shot into the bottom corner, through the hands of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, as you can see in the below video.
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Those Tottenham fans not reminiscing about Bale’s White Hart Lane exploits may be more concerned with the prospect of having Vorm in goal for their Premier League opener against Manchester United.
First-choice stopper and club captain Hugo Lloris is a doubt for the visit to Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime after fracturing his wrist in pre-season training, according to Sky Sports.
The France international could be absent from the Spurs net long term, with Sky Sports also claiming that he is the favourite to replace David de Gea at Old Trafford should the Spaniard move to Madrid.
Vorm’s sloppy error against Real, and his unconvincing performances in his debut season with Tottenham, highlight how important it is for Mauricio Pochettino to keep hold of Lloris this summer.
The Dutchman made 14 appearances for Spurs during the 2014-15 campaign, only four of which came in the league, as he failed to provide genuine competition for Lloris following his arrival from Swansea City.
He was an ever-present in Tottenham’s League Cup run, but was dropped for Lloris for the final – an indication that he does not have Pochettino’s full trust. On tonight’s evidence, it is perhaps clear why.
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