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Mourinho Defends Bale After Two-Goal Show

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho, who has been critical of Gareth Bale himself recently, has hit out at the press after the Welshman scored a brace on Sunday.

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Bale stole the headlines as he netted twice and assisted another strike in Spurs' 4-0 win over Burnley, and has now been involved in seven goals in his past four appearances.

Mourinho, who had previously stated that he cannot start Bale in three successive games, has now accused journalists of twisting his words.

"Sometimes people write things, and sometimes, some of you (journalists) like to imagine stories," he said, as per Marca.

"You need to write stories and sometimes you like to say things that are not really true.

"But there is not one single coach in the world that doesn't play Gareth Bale if Bale is in very good condition. There is not one, but now he is better than ever."

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Mourinho also insisted the Wales star is now able to help Spurs not just by contributing to goals, but in other areas too.

"It's not just about the two goals he scored, it's fundamentally about his physical performance. Now he's not flat, he has ups and downs in the speed he brings to his actions," he added.

"Even in the area in which he plays, sometimes outside, sometimes inside.

"He played very well and his condition is very good. I'm just pleased for the team because he helped the team to win and that's the most important thing. I'm happy for him."

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