Tottenham better without Bale, says Mackay

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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay believes that selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has actually made Tottenham's side stronger.

Bale was sold to the Spanish giants for a world record transfer fee of £85 million and Mackay believes this has allowed Spurs to transform themselves into a Champions League side.

At a cost of £105 million the north London side have bought seven new players - much of it funded by the Bale fee.

The likes of Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli have all been brought to White Hart Lane.

And ahead of his side's clash with Spurs this weekend Mackay highlighted the quality Cardiff will be facing.

"Because of the extra amount of money the Bale deal actually made for the club, their squad looks like a Champions League squad," said Mackay.

"Spurs went out and brought all those players in and then eventually did the [Bale] deal.

"It looks as if it has been very good business.

"The players that they brought in - everyone in football knew they were top talents that were on the market and they were going to cost a lot of money

"It was a top-six Premier League squad but they have gone and strengthened in depth and some of the players they have got I really covet.

"Spurs' agenda this year I'm pretty sure is to be a Champions League team."

Cardiff currently sit 12th in the Premier League having recorded a significant victory over Manchester City in their second game of the season.

Mackay will be hoping to cause another upset when Andre Villas-Boas' side visit the Cardiff City Stadium.

And he had something to say on the Portuguese's recent complaints about fixture congestion.

"They should join the Championship," he said.

"We had to cope with that every week. It is something we are used to as in the league we were in it was a regular occurrence in terms of fixture pile-up and the games you have got in a short space of time.

"But I don't doubt they will be firing on all cylinders on Sunday. The Premier League is the be all and end all for them."

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