Capello: Bale is the best in the world
Published 23:00 08/03/11 By Neil McLeman
Fabio Capello has hailed Gareth Bale as the No 1 wideman in the world - and is better than Roberto Carlos was.
The Welsh wizard is only “touch and go” to play for Tottenham in tonight’s Champions League second leg against Milan, according to boss Harry Redknapp.
But after his double destruction of holders Inter Milan in the group stage, their cross-city rivals are already running scared of his pace and power.
The England manager may have the task of stopping the Bale force when his side face Wales in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Millennium Stadium later this month.
But tonight, the former AC Milan coach hopes to have the pleasure of watching the 21-year-old, who has become a world star with his performances on the European stage.
Having played alongside the great Giacinto Facchetti for Italy and coached Carlos at Real Madrid, Capello claimed converted full-back Bale is now their successor as the best.
“Bale today is the No 1 in the world, the only one who can make the difference in that role because he has speed, technique and power - qualities which are difficult to find in a strike who is not an attacker,” said the former Milan coach. “Bale does not start from the back, like a full-back, but pushes forward from midfield and when he is close to goal, he moves to the centre and shoots with extraordinary precision.
"On the level of power, I think of Roberto Carlos, who was born as a full-back and then matured, physically and tactically. An explosive player - the only one who got close to Bale.”
Bale returned from six weeks out with a back injury at Wolves on Sunday, but Redknapp last night reported he has since suffered stiffness in his legs.
Redknapp said: “He is not fit enough to start. We will see how he is tomorrow and let him decide. I just hope he will be able to come on.”