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Gareth Bale vows to avoid saying "anything stupid" amid criticism

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The 31-year-old scored twice against Burnley.

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale insists he has not listened to his critics as he looks to be back to his best.

The 31-year-old put in the most devastating display of the season by scoring two goals and notching an assist in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Burnley.

Bale’s resurgence has been a long time coming as the first five months of his Spurs homecoming were dogged by fitness issues and large amounts of time on the bench.

But during that difficult time Bale ignored the people who suggested he is past his best and has been enjoying his time at a club where he feels loved.

“It’s understandable, it’s been a while so I just continue to work hard,” he said.

“I know you get criticism but I am experienced enough to keep my head down, not say anything stupid and keep plugging away.

“It was important to get back to winning ways”
- Gareth Bale

“I’ve been happy all season. In the dressing room I feel comfortable and I’m having fun. I’m happy and I’m sure it’s showing on the pitch.

“The most important thing is we knew we’ve not been on a great run and it was important to get back to winning ways.”

Bale was part of a scintillating front three along with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, all contributing either goals or assists in the romp over the Clarets.

Spurs will not have too many problems getting their Premier League form back on track if those three keep firing, but the defence also improved, keeping a rare clean sheet.

Gareth Bale opens the scoring against Burnley (Julian Finney/PA)

Boss Jose Mourinho was pleased with the back line, but said it was a team effort.

“I think the team played well defensively, it was a good compromise from the team,” he said. “The defensive line cannot play as high as we did if the midfield and attacking players do not press, especially the player with the ball. It was a collective performance, very positive collective performance with loads of effort.

“Even minute 92, 93 two corners, the team defended like it was 1-0 and not 4-0 and this compromise is fundamentally what the team needs.

“Then Davinson Sanchez played a very good game, very dominant, fresh, didn’t play the last match and he was very good.”

While Burnley as a whole will forget their trip to north London, it will be a day teenager Lewis Richardson will never forget as he became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player aged 18 years and 21 days.

And he got an impressive souvenir to take home with him.

“I couldn’t really ask him on the pitch because of Covid and things so I asked their kitman what he could do and he managed to get me Harry Kane’s shirt,” said Richardson on the club’s official site.

“Kane is someone I aspire to be like and he’s a massive role model for me.

“It’s a really proud moment. I’ve been working hard over the past few weeks, especially, changing my game and trying to improve.”

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City35255572264680
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd342010467363170
3Chelsea351810755322364
4Leicester CityLeicester351961063432063
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham351771155451058
6Liverpool34169957391857
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs351681161412056
8Everton34167114642455
9Arsenal351571349381152
10Leeds UnitedLeeds35155155353050
11Aston Villa34146144941848
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves35129143547-1245
13Crystal Palace34118153656-2041
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle35109164058-1839
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton35813143641-537
16Southampton34107174161-2037
17Burnley3499163147-1636
18Fulham34512172545-2027
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom35511193268-3626
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3552281862-4417
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