In an interview with Esquire magazine, Tottenham winger Gareth Bale reiterated his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League. Problem is, Tottenham hasn’t qualified for the UCL this season, a fact that has alerted the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain that the 24-year-old could be open to a move this summer.
“When you play in the Premier League, say you're playing against a lower-end team, they set up to defend all the time, they set up to block you off. But when you play in the Champions League, all the other teams are used to winning every week, so it's more of an open game, it's more attacking, end-to-end,” Bale said. “No one's used to defending, everyone's used to attacking and trying to win games, so it's just all against all.”
The Welshman added that the music really inspires the players. “The music is a massive thing - Zadok the Priest (Handel's anthem that announces the arrival of the teams). When we first got into the Champions League, it's one of the things that most of the lads were looking forward to, hearing it in the stadium. It's little things like that which make it special.”
Bale scored 26 goals in 44 appearances for Spurs in all competitions last season en route to winning the Professional Footballers’ Player of the Year award for the second time.