No special plan for Bale, says Basle boss ahead of Tottenham fixture

Basle Coach Murat Yakin has said he has not laid out specific instructions on how to handle Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale when the sides meet on Thursday in their Europa League quarter-final, the Daily Mail has reported.

Bale has been in spectacular form this season, racking up 27 goals for club and country, including scoring the second goal of Spurs’ 2-0 victory over Swansea City last weekend, a game in which he also created the first goal for centre-back Jan Vertonghen.

Yakin, a former Switzerland international defender, prefers to encourage his side to focus on their game rather than adapt to counter the threat posed by the Wales international. He said: “We are looking to disrupt his game but we will not be going for man-to-man marking and indeed we will be looking to play our own game.

That will hopefully effect Bale’s game because we will be playing our own way and we will be able to affect Tottenham getting the ball to Bale.

Basle are currently three points clear at the top of the Swiss Super League table, leading Grasshoppers, with St Gallen in third place. Basle beat Zenit St Petersburg to reach this stage of the Europa League, winning 2-0 at home and progressing on aggregate after a 1-0 away defeat.

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