Bale relishing playing with "amazing" teammates as Spurs renaissance goes on

Gareth Bale insists he is now justifying his move to Tottenham after their “amazing” firepower helped them break more goalscoring records.

Bale, 31, has returned to top form as he scored twice while Harry Kane also bagged a brace as Tottenham became only the second team after Bayern Munich in Europe’s top five leagues to score 100 goals in all competitions this season.

Kane and Heung-Min Son have also combined for 14 Premier League goals this season, breaking Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton's all-time competition record of 13 set in 1994-95 for Blackburn.

Wales superstar Bale, who is on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, said: “I think that is why I came here, the attacking players we have is amazing.

“Not just the ones who played tonight but ones on the bench. We are all pushing each other and it’s good to get the three points.

"There is a lot of fighting for places so you have to stay on your toes and have to keep working hard. We are in good moment now, getting the confidence back so hopefully we can keep it going.

“Harry’s fantastic, an incredible striker. He showed that again tonight and he has been so consistent. It was a fantastic performance again from him and we are lucky to have him here.

"I'm feeling good. A lot of games are coming thick and fast so it's about recovering and getting ready for the next one.”

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said: “Harry is up there with the best. I wouldn’t change him for anyone in this club because he means so much for us and is a fantastic player for us.

“This Gareth is an extra for us, he is a positive for us and this Gareth didn’t start the season and he’s fantastic for us in the past couple of months.

“It was a good week for us. Next week we have a crucial match in the Europa League and derby against Arsenal, nothing could be better for us than winning all nine points this week. We now just have to get as many points as we can and try to see what can happen.

“The players showed good confidence and good ambition. We have had lots of matches, it’s difficult so it can be difficult if you are tired. But we did well, we deserved, day off on Monday and then an important game on Thursday.”

Palace goalscorer Christian Benteke added: “You have to keep going. We all know the games at the end of the season are always tough because all the teams are playing for Champions League or relegation, but I know we have the squad to win games."

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