Bale up for title challenge


Gareth Bale has moved to quell talk that Tottenham are capable of challenging for the title this year, saying it will be “very difficult” to get the better of the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United - but feels they have a good enough squad to make life uncomfortable for the Barclays Premier League pacesetters.

Spurs recent run of nine games without defeat has propelled the north London outfit up to ninth in the league, prompting manager Harry Redknapp to suggest his side are capable of challenging for the title this season.

Bale echoed his managers sentiments earlier this week, but admitted challenging both Manchester clubs for top spot is a daunting task.

"If you look at the Manchester clubs, Man City especially have spent a lot of money again this summer. I think it's going to be very hard to knock them off the top," he told told the Daily Mail.

"City have the resources to go kind of crazy, but the more they buy, the harder it will be for their team to gel. You just never know.

"We know Man Utd, how good they are - nobody really beats Man Utd at home but City showed their class beating them there.

"So it's going to be very difficult to win the League, but we want to finish as high as we can. We have a good enough squad." He added.

Spurs last won the league title back in 1961 while their last trophy came courtesy of a League Cup victory in 2008, and the 22-year-old insists that while he and the rest of the squad are well aware of the club’s history, they are focused on the future rather than the past.

“I don't think any of us look back and see what the club have or haven't achieved, we want to look forward," he commented.

"We've probably got the best squad we've ever had and we know if we put our minds to it, we can achieve something - if we believe in ourselves."

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