Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is expecting a tough end of season run-in as Spurs aim to finish in the top-four and win the Champions League.
The north London side are three points off the pace in the race for fourth spot with 10 Barclays Premier League matches still to play, while their progress in the Champions League has sent shockwaves throughout Europe.
Due to return from injury this weekend against West Ham United, Bale is raring to go.
“I think any game from now until the end of the season will be difficult, and West Ham being near the bottom of the table makes no difference,” Bale said.
“They’ve had a good run so it’s going to be a difficult game, and we’ve got to get ourselves ready on the training pitch and ready on the day for a tough encounter.
“But we’ll just do as we normally do – try our best and hopefully come away with the three points.”
Bale hasn't made a start from Harry Redknapp's side since the trip to Newcastle United in January, but after two sub substitute appearances in Spurs' last two matches, the Welshman is fighting fit once again.
“I’ve been working hard in training trying to build up my fitness. I’m getting closer and closer, but the main thing now is to get some games and get back to the level I was playing at before.
“I’d had a great year or so and it was therefore a blow to get an injury. But on the other hand, it’s given me time to recharge my batteries and get ready for the rest of the season. So although it wasn’t nice to be injured, I’m trying to use it as a positive.
“Hopefully I can get my place in the team back and help us to finish as high up the table as possible.
“It was a tight run-in last year and I think it may be even tighter this year. The Champions League will make it an extra special run-in but we’re all ready and can’t wait for it.”
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