“Bale is not the same as in 2013, he is a different footballer”

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Jose Mourinho He has spoken in the previous match of the Tottenham of the Europa League and one of the protagonists of his conference has been Gareth Bale. The Welshman, who returned to play for a few minutes with the 'Spurs' last weekend, will once again have the opportunity against LASK.

The Portuguese coach explained the differences between the old and the current Bale: “No player is the same in such a wide space of time, between 2013 and 2020, we are talking about seven years apart, not months. It's not a Gareth Bale issue, it's about every footballer around the world. “

“In seven years, footballers change. Sometimes it is not to change for better or worse, it is only to change: an evolution of their qualities or their style of play. Even from his position. Of course he is not the same, he is a different footballer “.

About the Europa League, Mourinho was confident thanks to his career: “It's the third time I've played this competition. The other two times, once with Porto and once with Manchester United, I won it. So my record in the Europa League is good, I have never been eliminated. I lost some games in the group stage but I won the tournament. “