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Bale ready for return

Gareth Bale insists the team will ‘give it a real go' against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Gareth Bale insists the team will ‘give it a real go' against Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Italian champions and Champions League holders arrive at the Lane for one of our biggest-ever European matches and our fourth game in Group A.

The Welsh wizard gave it a go to stunning effect in the San Siro 12 days ago with a magnificent hat-trick on one of football's biggest stages.

Unfortunately, the damage had already been done on the night.

Inter rocked us from the start and by 15 minutes, we were 3-0 down and down to 10 men with Heurelho Gomes sent off. Inter made it 4-0 by half-time.

Gareth's treble of clean strikes into the bottom corner pulled the game back to a respectable 4-3 and he insists that fine second half display from the 10 men has installed confidence for the return.

"In recent years we've made White Hart Lane a difficult place for teams to come to and we don't want that to be any different against Inter," said Gareth.

"We'll go into it with a lot of confidence from the game in Milan, hopefully having 11 men throughout and hopefully not starting as poorly as we did.

"We want to give it a go. They are the European champions, we want to test ourselves against the best and it doesn't come much bigger than this.

"Inter show the qualities that every top team shows. They keep the ball well and they've got world-class players. We're fully aware of that.

"But we have players who can do damage as well and they'll have to worry about us as well."


As expected, Gareth has been the man in the spotlight since his exploits at the San Siro.

But as he's stated all along, he just wants to take things in his stride and get on with his football.

"It's a bit surreal to be honest and I don't really see myself as in the spotlight," he added.

"To get that hat-trick was something I'll never forget and it stands right up there anything ‘ve achieved.

"That was great on a personal level but we lost on the night, so there was also that feeling of disappointment.

"I just want to keep playing football, to work hard, to improve as a player and hopefully keep producing good performances for Tottenham."