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Friday November 5 2010
Bale is like a Ferrari, says Benitez

Inter Coach Rafa Benitez has likened Tottenham wing-back Gareth Bale to a Ferrari while comparing his defenders to Volvos.

The Wales international once again ripped Inter apart, this time at White Hart Lane, inspiring Spurs to a historic 3-1 victory.

"We have played many times against Bale," Benitez said. "We know that he is quick and difficult to mark.

"It's not a question of the wide players covering him, but the problem was that we were losing.

"We needed to attack and when we lost the ball, Bale was quicker in the space and it was tough to contain him above all because he concentrated on the flanks.

"If I drive a Volvo against a Ferrari on a straight, I lose. The Volvo is a good car because it's our sponsor, but the Ferrari races faster.

"It's not a question of help from the wide players. Coutinho and Biabiany have worked a lot to improve in defence and I am happy with them, but they always have a defensive mentality."

Benitez also gave his reaction to Massimo Moratti's criticism of his tactics.

Moratti had said that someone needs to take a step back and look at what is going wrong.

"Who should take a step back, the injured players?" Benitez joked.

"Two games a week at maximum intensity is a problem for all the teams that play at this level. But we are working to anticipate them and care for them.

"We are working to recover the injured players as soon as possible.

"There is a continuous dialogue with the President. It's not a problem. As a Coach I must analyse what we have done and I am 100 per cent agreed with him.

"It's a strange situation for me. We are all agreed from the fans to the Coach that we have not done well and need to improve."

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