“Just to be on the front foot a bit more.”
Gareth Bale appeared to aim a veiled dig at former manager Jose Mourinho, claiming Tottenham need to be “on the front foot a bit more”.
Bale was speaking after scoring the equaliser against Southampton before Spurs scored a late penalty to win the game 2-1 after going behind.
It was a return to form for the Wales international who had hardly featured in Mourinho’s last few games in charge and he believes his side need to be more aggressive going forward.
“Just to be on the front foot a bit more,” Bale told Sky Sports after the game.
“We want to attack, we’re a big team, we have great players. We need to attack more, we need to try and stay higher up the pitch.
“I think we did that today.”
🗣 "Very good team talk at half-time."
Gareth Bale reacts to winning in the first game under interim manager Ryan Mason pic.twitter.com/RGUWOT2xyJ
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 21, 2021
It was a first game in charge for former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, who took over from Mourinho on an interim basis, and he became the youngest Premier League manager in history at the age of 29.
He was younger than five of the players in his squad and only two years older than Bale.
“Very good team talk at half-time. Came out, second half, and played really well,” Bale added.
Mason had been at Tottenham since he was eight but was forced to retire at the age of just 26 due to a fractured skull.
“First of all the feeling is a massive relief,” Mason told Sky Sports after securing his first win as manager.
"The energy, the commitment, the bravery… I'm so proud of the boys."
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 21, 2021
“It’s been a whirlwind the last two or three days but thankfully we got the win and most importantly I felt second half we were outstanding.
“The performance, the commitment, the energy was brilliant because I thought in the first half we found it very difficult. It was quite tough to get out and they were very good.
“They created some chances. Hugo (Lloris) pulled off two world-class saves for us but I thought as the game wore on we gained control of it and I thought there was only one team that was going to win the match.”