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Left-side story

Posted on 9 June 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have sung each other's praises after a season in which our left-side combination was key.

Left-side story

Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have sung each other's praises after a season in which our left-side combination was key.

Welsh flyer Gareth may have taken most of the plaudits, including the PFA Player of the Season award, but Benoit's consistency behind him throughout the campaign gave him the solid foundation on which to set the Premier League, and Europe, alight.

And Gareth is quick to complement his Cameroon international sidekick after the pair started 34 matches together last term.

He said: "Since I've been playing left midfield we’ve had a good understanding.

"We work well together and we help each other both defending and going forward.

"It's been good playing with Benni and hopefully we can continue to do that. He's a good lad and he shows what he can do on the pitch, which is good for the team."

Benoit feels there is an almost telepathic understanding between the two.

He added: "It's easy to play behind Gareth because he makes his right-back tired. He doesn’t need to help me a lot so he can concentrate on attack.

"Even without speaking too much on the pitch we have a good understanding and I know when he wants the ball into feet or into the space."