Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has heaped praise on Gareth Bale after his match-winning performance against Lyon in the Europa League.

The Welshman put Spurs ahead on the stroke of half-time with a free-kick, and then repeated the trick in second-half stoppage time after Samuel Umtiti pulled the French side level with a 55th minute stunner.

It was Bale’s night though, and despite not producing his best performance of the season, the former Southampton academy starlet proved to be the difference for his side once again.

"He is incredible. Not only his all-round game, but his ability to strike free-kicks. The ball has so much power and it changes direction very easily,” said Villas-Boas post-match, according to The Daily Mirror.

"Today we saw three great moments of brilliance - if you include their goal. Gareth is going through a great period at the moment. He is scoring lots of great goals for the team. This is his best goalscoring season for Tottenham.

"You can see the player is enjoying his football and getting a buzz out of it."

Bale has now scored seven goals in five games for club and country – including the last six for Tottenham Hotspur in all competition.

However, the 23-year-old opted to praise his Ligue 1 opponents post-match, and admitted Spurs weren’t at their best on the night at White Hart Lane despite a 2-1 win.

"They are a very good team - perhaps we weren't at 100 per cent. Maybe we looked tired," added Bale post-match, the paper claims.

Tottenham will take their one-goal advantage to the Municipal De Gerland next Thursday, and have a week to prepare after falling to Leeds in the FA Cup fourth round.

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