Gareth Bale says Spurs must beat former club Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur news: Gareth Bale targets win against Southampton
Gareth Bale is set to face former club Southampton this weekend, and will hope he cap a tremendous week with a win.
Bale added the Football Writers’ Association Football of the Year trophy to his PFA Player of the Year award, but the ex-Saints full-back is focused only on the weekend.
Speaking to the Spurs TV before the match, he said: “No matter who the opposition is we need to win and we need to put ourselves right in contention.”
However, the 23-year-old admitted that Southampton would always be a special club to him having spent eight years in their academy.
“They mean a lot to me, that club. I was there from nine-years-old until I was 17 so it’s a club close to my heart and I still have a lot of friends down there,” said Bale.
The Welshman is hopeful of three points from the encounter, but will not celebrate should he add to his season’s tally of 24 goals.
“It will be good, obviously, for us to win, but if I do score I will be muting my celebrations again like last time,” he confirmed.
Spurs are currently in fifth place – behind Arsenal and Chelsea – but have a game in hand over their north London rivals, with the race for Champions League football hotting up.
Andre Villas-Boas’ men know that winning their remaining fixtures will guarantee them a top four spot, but with a trip to Stamford Bridge still to come nothing is guaranteed.
Tottenham's remaining Premier League fixtures are away to Stoke City, before they host Sunderland at White Hart Lane on the final day of the season.