Gareth Bale is adamant that Spurs will face Arsenal full of confidence

Gareth Bale has recovered from the "psychological scars" that led to his slow start to life back at Tottenham, manager Jose Mourinho said after their 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Gareth Bale insists Tottenham are full of confidence ahead of the upcoming north London derby with Arsenal, after the Real Madrid loanee struck a brace in Sunday’s Premier League home game.

Wales’ Bale, on loan from Real Madrid, has scored six goals in his past six games, with another three assists.

It comes as a significant boost to Jose Mourinho who admits the 31-year-old has broken a psychological barrier during his recent run.

“I’m very happy, he is a fantastic player and I’m so happy to work with a player like him,” said Mourinho.

“When you have a couple of seasons with lots of injuries I think it is not about the muscular scars, it’s about the psychological scars – that brings fears and instability,” said the Portuguese.

“There is a moment when you are working very well and everyone around you is giving everything we can give, there is a moment where that psychological barrier has to be broken.

“And he broke it. It was him, not us. We just supported him.”

It has ignited their top four hopes in the Premier League at a crucial time, with a short trip to rivals Arsenal up next in the division on Sunday.

“Going into next week’s game we have confidence behind us now but we know it’s going to be difficult,” Bale said.

“Obviously a midweek game (against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League) before that but we’ll recover and go again.”

Given Bale has started three games in a row, it is likely the Welshman will be on the bench for Thursday’s home tie with the Croatian outfit.


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