Ahead of Saturday’s pivotal clash between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, explosive winger Gareth Bale spoke about the importance of the match to the fans of each club.
“All form goes out of the window in the derby; we’ll go out there to play for the fans and try to go out for a victory,” the 23 year-old told Tottenham’s official website.
Bale’s comments show a high level of maturity for such a young player. After a tough beginning to his career due to injuries and a record-setting 24 games as a starter without a win, the left-footed cross specialist has blossomed into a key figure for the north London club.
He went on to talk about the environment in the stadium during a derby match.
“You step onto the pitch and feel the atmosphere around you. It’s a great day and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
“The lads concentrate on the game and try to treat it as just another game, but we know how important it is for the fans.
“If you score a goal, the noise and energy around the stadium gives you a lift and keeps you going. I did it before and I’m looking to trying to do the same again.”
Bale has scored seven goals this campaign and hopes to add to that total this weekend.
A potential win against Arsenal would see Spurs gain some breathing room from Arsenal, who sit only one point behind Tottenham. It could also see them go even in points with Everton, who are in the fourth and final Champions League qualifying position.