Bale turns back time at Tottenham as Man U and Chelsea draw

LONDON (AP) — Gareth Bale reversed time for Tottenham, while Chelsea and Manchester United appeared delighted simply to play out time.

Bale appeared like the star gamer who left Tottenham genuine Madrid in 2013 as he scored two times in the club’s 4-0 win over Burnley, triggering Spurs supervisor Jose Mourinho to pronounce him “much better than ever” though still not suitable to start week-in, week-out.

While Bale found his form, Harvey Barnes had his good run cut short by a knee injury in Leicester’s 3-1 loss to Arsenal. He is likely to need an operation and miss six weeks.

Chelsea kept its unbeaten record under manager Thomas Tuchel in a 0-0 draw with Man United as both teams appeared reluctant to risk losing one point in the hope of getting three.

BALE’S COMEBACK TRAIL

Bale opened the scoring after 68 seconds and the Welsh forward added another early in the second half, both off assists from Son Heung-min. Back on loan from Spain, it was his first two-goal game since 2019.

“Now he is better than ever,” Mourinho said. “It’s not just about the two goals he scored, it’s fundamentally about his physical performance.” Nevertheless, Mourinho cautioned that Bale would still need to rest for some upcoming video games to handle his type and physical fitness.

Harry Kane and Lucas Moura likewise scored, and it might have been more if not for some excellent conserves from Nick Pope when Burnley was currently 4 objectives down.

STAMFORD BRIDGE STALEMATE

Chelsea’s brand-new identity under Tuchel is taking shape. There’s extreme, German-style pushing, however likewise a newly found density and strength in the defense at Stamford Bridge, compared to previous supervisor Frank Lampard’s open however defensively susceptible design. Versus United’s counterattacking experts, both groups appeared risk-averse, even in the last minutes.

The outcome was a ninth video game unbeaten in all competitors for Tuchel at Chelsea, 7 of them without yielding an objective, however it likewise implied that Chelsea missed out on a chance to surpass West Ham for 4th in the table.

The draw likewise highlighted United’s failure to install a not likely obstacle to cross-city competing Manchester City for the title. City leads by 12 points from second-place United.

TOOLBOX BEATS LEICESTER

Toolbox recovered and the leading half of the table with a 3-1 win over Leicester, with Nicolas Pepe scoring one objective and winning a charge when Wilfred Ndidi obstructed his shot with an arm.

Nevertheless, the video game was eclipsed by an injury most likely to keep Leicester’s in-form midfielder Barnes out up until April. He had actually scored 6 objectives and helped 3 more in his group’s previous 10 league video games. Supervisor Brendan Rodgers stated Barnes will likely require an operation and will be on the sidelines for a minimum of 6 weeks. It comes as Leicester is currently without the hurt James Maddison.

FULHAM FAILS

Fulham missed out on a possibility for a win in a 0-0 draw with a Crystal Palace group which hardly ever provided any sort of assaulting danger. The draw left Scott Parker’s group unbeaten in 5 league video games, with just one objective yielded throughout that time, however still 18th and 3 points adrift of security.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.