Every manager loves to reminisce about their former glory days, or past matches that have left a lasting impression on them, one of those moments for former Tottenham and QPR manager Harry Redknapp came as he was managing Tottenham during their 2010/11 Champions League campaign.
Tottenham played Inter Milan in their Champions League group matches at the San Siro and White Hart Lane, and that was the match in which a certain Gareth Bale announced his arrival onto the European and World footballing scene when he tore Inter Milan tore to shreds over two legs.
“We were getting battered but, second half, Gareth was a one-man team almost. He scored the three most incredible goals. They were out on their feet and could not handle him.
“The most amazing thing ever was that when we played them at home, they left Maicon at right‑back, one against one, against Gareth. He destroyed him again. It was the end of Maicon. He went from being the best right back in the world to hearing chants of ‘Taxi for Maicon’.”
There’s no-one out there that can dispute what Bale did to Maicon during those games, and the heights that a player once thought of as a failure or ‘one who would fail and not make the grade’, is now considered in the same likes as C.Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to name a few he can put his name alongside, and a performance during that Champions League campaign that said to the footballing world ‘I am Gareth Bale!’.