Jose Mourinho believes Gareth Bale didn’t play in big games while he was Tottenham manager.
The former Spurs boss, sacked in April, secured Bale’s services on loan from Real Madrid last summer – but has been disappointed with his performance.
Bale finished the season with 15 goals in 32 games, although Mourinho wonders how many of them entered the most important moments.
While he scored twice against fifth-placed Leicester on the final day to secure seventh place at Tottenham, none of his goals came against the rest of the established big six.
Speaking about Wales’ chances at Euro 2020, Mourinho told The Sun: “Over the years, Wales have relied heavily on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, the two most talented players in the country.
“But when I look at the club season and how many games Ramsey has played at Juventus, there have been a lot of injuries.
“When you look at Gareth and how many good performances he had, how many goals he scored against the top teams, there weren’t many or none. It’s not an easy situation for a country without a lot of ‘options.
“But they’re always well organized and know how to create a situation to try and get the best out of the most talented players.”
The Portuguese manager only gave the Wales star two Premier League starts until February, before Bale finally came to life for the final months of Mourinho’s reign.
Mourinho is known for his style of managing men and slammed Bale for an Instagram post last season.
Before the FA Cup loss to Everton, the winger posted on social media that he was ready to play after “a good session” in training.
Mourinho claimed it was a “contradiction” of reality and “totally false”, revealing that Bale had requested an injury scan and was not available.